Indian Youtubers Show Their Muscle As They Take Down TikTok

TikTok vs Youtube

TikTok is once again facing a backlash in India after the roast war between YouTubers and TikTokers. This resulted in dropping of its rating from 4.5 to 1.3 stars in only a week.

Crux of the Matter

TikTok Timeline

  • 2016: TitTok (Douyin) launched in China
  • 2017: Launched Outside China
  • 2017: Owned App for $1 billion
  • 2018: Acquired 100 million users of App
  • 2018: Indonesia temporarily banned Tik Tok
  • 2019: Becomes no.1 Non-Gaming App
  • 2019: App launched in 150 countries in 75 languages
  • 2020: It reaches 800 million monthly active users

Past Controversy

  • Feb 2019: Tamil Nadu govt asks Centre’s help over banning TikTok after massive protest
  • 1st April 2019: TikTok is accused of promoting ‘pornographic’ content and plea was filed against it in Madras High Court
  • 3rd April: Madras HC demands center to ban Tik tok
  • 12th April: Tik Tok in response removed 6 million video violating guidelines
  • 13th April: Gained 88.6 million new users in India
  • 15th April: Supreme Court refused to stay Madras high court’s ban
  • 18th April: Central govt removed TikTok from Play Store and App Store
  • 24th April : Madras HC lifts ban saying it was only concerned about preventing any crime

Recent Controversy

  • TikToker Amir Siddiqui roasts YouTuber Elvish Yadav
  • 8th May 2020: Youtuber CarryMinati uploads ‘YouTube vs TikTok: The End’ video in response to Amir Siddiqui’s roast
  • 14th May: Youtube removes CarryMinati’s Video
  • 18th May: Faisal Siddiqui publishes a video on TikTok allegedly portraying an acid attack. App’s rating fell to 1.3 stars on Google Play after followers of CarryMinati and other YouTubers rallied against TikTok
  • 20th May: TikTok removes Faisal Siddiqui’s Account

Whirlpool Of Allegations
TikTok, owned by Beijing-based ByteDance Technology, is accused of spying on users and sending data to China. Many US politicians and Tech CEOs have expressed their concerns over the secret surveillance by China over the common people of the USA through the app. A lawsuit was filed against TikTok in California, USA.

TikTok is accused of allowing sensitive content in India, whereas in China it restricts sensitive content not complying with the interests of the Chinese government. During the TikTok vs YouTube row, other social media platforms like Instagram, Reddit, YouTube, etc. are flooded with anti- TikTok protests. Some say the protests are about TikTokers using derivative content and getting famous. Some YouTubers even compared their content on TikTok as cringe.

  • Three former PayPal employees, Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim created YouTube in February 2005. Google bought the site in November 2006 for $1.65 billion. As of May 2019, more than 500 hours of video content are uploaded to YouTube every minute. And based on reported quarterly advertising revenue, YouTube is estimated to have $15 billion in annual revenues.
  • A review bomb is an Internet phenomenon in which large groups of people leave negative user reviews online for a published work, most commonly a video game, an app or a theatrical film, in an attempt to harm the sales or popularity of a product, particularly to draw attention to an issue with the product or its vendor. Youtube Rewind 2018 was review bombed by users around the globe for its exclusion of various top personalities on the service, as well as other factors relating to controversies affecting creators.
  • In China, Douyin is an app by Bytedance which is the same as TikTok but is running on separate servers to comply with Chinese censorship restrictions. ByteDance first launched Douyin for the China market in September 2016. TikTok is popular in Asia, the United States, and other parts of the world whereas Douyin is specifically made for China.