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Google deletes negative TikTok reviews

Google has deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play store following a sharp drop in the app's rating.

In a matter of hours, TikTok's rating slumped from 4.5 to 1.2 stars, after the app received a flurry of one-star reviews, after a creator posted a spoof video of an acid attack.

However, Google decided to take action against the reviews, concluding that critics of the platform set up fake accounts to stress their misplaced anger.

A spokesperson for TikTok - which has now deleted copies of the clip - said: "As per the policy, we do not allow content that risks the 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."

Faizal Siddiqui, the creator behind the video, has apologised for the controversy.

He said: "As a social media influencer, I realise my responsibility and apologise to anyone who was offended by the video."

Meanwhile, a Google spokesman explained: "When we learn of incidents of spam abuse, we review and take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments."

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