Amidst the pandemic, there is a war going on between TikTok users and YouTube watchers in India. For now, the result is that TikTok rating has fallen steeply in the last one week and it is now a 2-star app.
TikTok is not a small-time app. It has over a billion downloads. This should indicate just how fiercely it has been attacked by Indians. A rating falls from 4 stars to 2 stars for an app with such a huge install base means that there are probably thousands of users who have rated it 1 star in the last one week or so.
This is a huge drop for the platform. The war doesn’t seem to end anytime soon as people on Twitter are backing YouTubers more than TikTokers and the microblogging site is flooded with memes on this entire fiasco.
It all started with Amir Siddiqui, a popular TikTok user, and Carry Minati, a popular YouTuber.
Amir posted a video on TikTok “roasting” YouTube and accused YouTubers of plagiarising content. He stated that the YouTube community isn’t as united as the TikTok community. Amir accused the entire YouTube community of plagiarising content and even dared Carry Minati, a popular YouTuber to roast him.
Popular YouTuber Carry Minati, who is apparently popular because he too “roasts” well, then posted a video “roasting” TikTok star Amir. He even made fun of Amir’s grammar, or in other words, he didn’t hold back, he punched left, right, center. And to ensure that the message is received well he accused Amir of playing the victim card.
Minati had posted his video on May 8. Soon it garnered millions of views and millions of likes. His fans claim the video was on its way to become the most-liked non-musical video on YouTube. But then on May 14, his video was deleted by YouTube.
This likely happened because some people apparently fans of Amir, reported it for harassment and cyber bullying. This made YouTubers and Minati’s fans very angry as he is subscribed by close to 17 million people on YouTube . Minati, after his video was deleted, also got support from YouTuber Ashish Chanchalani, Bhuvan Bam, and even actor Himansh Kohli.
Amir Siddiqui posted a video again, claiming his video was not against the entire YouTube community but against people who belittle others on the platform. He also said how he opposed the idea of cyber bullying and urged Minati to influence his fans against it.
Minati too posted a reconciliatory video. He even cried a little in it. Now tears often enrage people. It seems YouTube users decided to take revenge. They decided to hit at TikTok. Some even said that no more roasting of TikTok, let’s just fry it.
It seems thousands of Indians are now rating TikTok one star. Most of them are also using a template for feedback. Before TikTok was hit by angry YouTubers, the app had a rating of 4.6 stars. Now it is rated 2 stars.