ByteDance-owned TikTok’s rating on Google Play Store has jumped back to 4.4 from 1.2 last week after Google removed more than 8 million negative reviews from TikTok today as the company removed millions of one-star ratings due to its comment posting guidelines that distinctly allows removing negative reviews and ratings that reckon to a mass attack.
A spokesperson of Google told Gadgets360 that the company periodically takes corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments when it considers incidents of spam abuse.
Guidelines of Google Play comment posting policy related to Spam and fake reviews:
Your reviews should reflect the experience you’ve had with the content or service you’re reviewing.
- Don’t post fake or inaccurate reviews.
- Don’t post the same review multiple times.
- Don’t post reviews for the same content from multiple accounts.
- Don’t post reviews to mislead other users or manipulate the rating.
- Don’t post reviews on behalf of others.
- Don’t misrepresent your identity or your connection to the content you’re reviewing.
Mass Attack on TikTok:
The mass attack on TikTok started earlier this month after a video titled “YouTube vs TikTok – The End” was published by YouTuber CarryMinati (originally named Ajey Nagar) in which he roasted TikTok creators, especially Amir Siddiqui, the video was later removed by YouTube for “violating terms of service”.
Later another backlash started after Amir Siddiqui’s brother Faizal Siddiqui posted a short video on TikTok that appeared to encourage violence against women after the backlash the video was removed and Faizal Siddiqui’s account was suspended from the platform.
The app has also faced backlash labeled as a chinese app since the ‘Anti-China’ sentiment has been rising in the country.