In wake of the recent onslaught of bad reviews, Google deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews on the Play Store.
After a fake video of a man throwing acid in the face of a woman circulated on the music-oriented social media service TikTok last week, stirring up major backlash against the company as a result, reviews of the application on the Google Play Store dropped from 4.5 stars to 1.2 in a matter of days.
After the TikTok user who published the video apologised for the clip after seeing the severe public response, Google began deleting a slew of the negative reviews on its digital content shop.
In fact, millions of negative reviews have been removed from the Play Store — which the company deems as “corrective action.”
A Google spokesperson speaking to BBC stated: “When we learn of incidents of spam abuse, we review and take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments.”
As of today, TikTok on the Google Play Store has a 2.9 star rating with the 1-star reviews outweighing all other categories. Last week the app had over 27 million reviews — now, it has just 20 million.
The problematic video and copies of it have since been removed from the platform. The creator’s account has been suspended.