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TikTok app rating on Play Store rises to 1.6 as Google deletes over a million user reviews

Within a day it has seen an improvement and has reached 1.6 overall rating from 1.3 on Google Play Store.

While there is a slight improvement, the latest reviews by users are still about the quality of content.
While there is a slight improvement, the latest reviews by users are still about the quality of content. (TikTok/Google Play - Edited)

Social media app TikTok is not having its brightest of days. Since earlier this week, the company’s app on Google Play Store has witnessed a lot of backlash due to the CarryMinati YouTube vs TikTok battle and also for the quality of content it shows to millions of users. As a result, several thousand users gave the app a 1-star rating, which dropped the overall review rating rating of the app from 4.7 to 1.3. However, within a day it has seen an improvement and has reached 1.6 overall rating.

It is being said that Google deleted over a million reviews on TikTok app listing, which resulted in the jump from 1.3 to 1.6. As per a tweet by a Twitter user Norbert Elekes, the number of reviews went down from 28 million when the rating was at 1.2, to 27 million when the rating was seen at 1.6.

It has  not been mentioned why Google chose to delete the reviews though.

While there is a slight improvement, the latest reviews by users are still about the quality of content. Some are even rating it low since they support YouTuber CarryMinati, who posted a video earlier this month, roasting TikTok and the popular TikTok star Amir Siddiqui. “It's a third class app #carryminati” states one of the latest reviews by a user with 1-star rating. “Because of Amir siddiqui. I will give u one star. Very unuseful and irritating app” states another.

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TikTok has already given a clarity on the quality of content it allows users to upload. “Keeping people on TikTok safe is a top priority and we make it clear in our Term of Service and Community Guidelines that clearly outlines what is not acceptable on our platform. As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks safety of others, promotes physical harm or glorifies violence against women. The behaviour in question violates our guidelines and we have taken down content, suspended the account, and are working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate,” said the spokesperson.

Here’s the entire timeline of how TikTok ended up getting 1.3 overall review rating on Google Play Store.