Before we talk about Faizal Siddiqui, lets quickly understand the latest YouTube Vs TikTok war. Recently, a video by self-proclaimed Influencer Amir Siddiqui released a video on Instagram stating how Tiktok users with a larger number of followers are bigger stars and are better influencers than youtube.
The video triggered top influencers from other platforms and a digital war started, proving how TikTok is a platform that promotes cringy content. YouTube Vs TikTok scene heated up more when a 20-year-old YouTuber Ajey Nagar, popularly known as Carry Minati, posted videos roasting TikTokers which became Indias highest liked video on youtube before it got removed from the platform for violating its terms.
Now a new video of popular TikToker Faizal Siddiqui is in trouble for promoting acid attack. In the video, Faizal Siddiqui is allegedly promoting an acid attack on women by portraying the attack as a response to a breakup.
After the video got circulated on social media for promoting the wrong, National Commission for Women (NCW) has contacted TikTok India to remove the video in which Faizal Siddiqui is allegedly instigating people to commit violence against women.
Acid attack is being proudly promoted on TikTok. What can be more shameful ? This guy Faizal Siddiqui should be arrested immediately. Imagine their mentality when they don’t hesitate to post this nonsense on social media. #BanTikTok pic.twitter.com/CiOFvS71N3
— Punit Agarwal (@Punitspeaks) May 18, 2020
As the video was brought into notice, Rekha Sharma, chairperson of the National Commission for Women (NCW) wrote a letter to police and official Tiktok saying “The Commission is seriously concerned about the increase in crimes against women. The video not only seems to promote violence against women but shows the patriarchal mindset which would send a very wrong message to the society”.
It is commendable how swiftly the National Commission for Women, has taken action against the TikTok video by Faizal Siddiqui showcasing a condemnable action against women, that was brought to the notice by BJP’s Tajinder Bagga.
Tagging the NCW Chairperson, Bagga brought to light the matter, soon after which Rekha Sharma confirmed that she would be taking up the matter with both Police and TikTok India.
— NCW (@NCWIndia) May 18, 2020
Data from the National Bureau of Crime Records (NCRB) shows that, in India, at least one case of acid attack occurs every day. There were around 203 recorded cases of acid attack in 2016 and in 2018 there were 228 fresh cases in which judgment was only given in one case.
The rise in the number of cases is increasing drastically in 2016. At present, the acid victims get compensation up to Rs 3 lakh under the government’s victim compensation scheme. But they say they need more support from the government to lead a normal life. The victims suggest that if the authorities cannot completely ban the sale of acid, they should at least support them in different ways till they get on with their lives.
Faizal Siddiqui is the brother of TikTok influencer Amir Siddiqui and is a member of team nawab.
In the video, Faizal Siddiqui is seen throwing water on a girl, which is hinted to be an acid attack, while threatening her for breaking up with him. In the next scene, the girl’s face is shown in heavy red makeup assuming burns. Many people shared the video on Twitter and demanded action against the user as Siddiqui reportedly has over 13.4 million followers on TikTok.
Faizal Siddiqui’s brother Amir has recently been in the talk after he made a video where he gave his opinion on how TikTok is better than YouTube. In responding to It Carry Minati made a roast video that became an internet sensation. YouTube later removed the video based on its harassment policy that it had updated in December 2019.
UPDATE: TikTok Deletes Faizal Siddiqui’s Account After NCW Complaint.
Due to this controversy, Faizal Siddiqui has apologized and released a statement on Instagram that he didn’t had any wrong intentions by saying “My Intention was never to hurt anyone in any capacity. As a social media influencer, I realize my responsibility and apologize to anyone who was offended by the video @ncwindia.” Faizal mentioned that the first part of the clip in which he was seen drinking the water from the glass was edited from the original video and was circulated on social media.
Here’s the Faizal’s reaction on this controversy:
Now TikTok is being rated 1-star on App Stores after the video of Faizal Siddiqui came to light. Tiktok ratings came down from 4.5 stars to just 2 stars in a few days on Google Play Store with most of the new ratings listed as 1 star. Users are leaving unfavorable reviews as well. Several users even asked for a total ban of the app in India, if not complete removal from Google Play Store. Furthermore, #banTikTokIndia is also trending on Twitter wherein people are urging users to quit the Chinese social media platform.
While TikTok has come down to a 1.3-star rating, Youtube currently sits at 4.1. However, the listing also has some reviews by users with 1-star ratings, just because the website decided to remove Carryminati’s video. While TikTok has promised better regulation of content to ensure the user’s responsibility, no positive outcome has been achieved so far. More than the content, TikTok is lack of regulation of it that presents itself as a major problem.