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Google deletes millions of negative TikTok reviews

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Google deletes millions of negative TikTok reviews

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TikTok star Faizal Siddiqui apologized to those offended by the video

Google deleted millions of negative TikTok ratings from its Play store after the app’s rating dropped from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight.

The video sharing platform was flooded by criticism from a star after an Indian creator posted a fake video of an acid attack.

Faizal Siddiqui apologized and TikTok deleted copies of his clip.

But Google intervened after determining that critics had created fake accounts to expand its protests.

Even so, the change had limited effect, and TikTok's rating remains below two stars in the official Android market.

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The video in question seemed to show Mr. Siddiqui threatening a woman who decided to leave him.

In the clip, he poured liquid on the woman's face. It was water, but the next scene showed the woman's face covered in makeup that resembled the scars and bruises that the acid could cause.

"According to the policy, we do not allow content that would risk the safety of others, promote physical harm or glorify violence against women," said a TikTok spokesman.

"The behavior in question violates our guidelines and we withdraw content, suspend account and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate."

Siddiqui later said that: "As a social media influencer, I acknowledge my responsibility and apologize to anyone who has been offended by the video."

After TikTok became involved in the reaction, Google removed more than 5 million of its recent reviews from a star, but left many others active.

A Google spokesman said he had taken "corrective action".

"When we discovered cases of spam abuse, we analyzed and took corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments," he added.

The event coincided with TikTok's monthly revenue from in-app charges, surpassing any other non-gaming app in April, including YouTube and Netflix, according to analyst Sensor Tower. The figure includes sales through the Chinese version of the product, known as Douyin, Bloomberg reported.

Users can purchase virtual currency to spend supporting their favorite in-app creators.

Monthly revenue from in-app purchases from TikTok increased tenfold to $ 78 million (£ 63.8 million), with 86.6% coming from China, followed by 8.2% in the U.S.

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