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Faizal Siddiqui's TikTok account banned for 'glorifying' acid attack

Faizal Siddiqui's TikTok account banned for 'glorifying' acid attack”

"Pure example of the sick and diseased side of social media".

National Commission for Women (NCW) Chairperson Rekha Sharma on Sunday responded to a tweet by BJP's Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga which highlighted a shocking TikTok video promoting acid attack on girls.

TikTok's App Store listing hasn't been hit as hard, if at all - it still sits at a comfortable average of 4.8 stars. In his latest TikTok video the user pokes fun at acid attack victims which have been considered offensive by many.

Faizal Siddiqui was already coming under fire after the takedown of the YouTube video, YouTube versus TikTok by CarryMinati.

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The trend surely has affected the ratings of the platform. As is with the extreme fan culture, several fans of CarryMinati took to the app listing of TikTok to give 1-star reviews to show their dislike for the platform and support for YouTube.

While hashtags asking for a ban on TikTok are not new, the recent campaign not only targets the ByteDance-owned platform but also its creators, who largely hail from smaller towns in India.

CarryMinati's highly-popular YouTube vs TikTok video was taken down by YouTube which took the controversy another level. That video accumulated millions of views and likes, but was taken down by YouTube on May 14 - supposedly Siddiqui's fans reported it for cyberbullying. Some people had slammed CarryMinati for being homophobic in his videos. In the video, Laxmi also stated that, she along with many other people are trying their best to stop such atrocities but then there are influencers like Siddiqui who are glorifying the act.

Faizal Siddiqui is now facing the brunt of the criticism. TikTok has been trying to shed this Chinese app image for some time as a significant number of its users are based in the US. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from the social media.



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