Google has deleted millions of negative TikTok reviews from its Play store after the app’s rating fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight.
The video-sharing platform was inundated with one-star reviews after an Indian creator posted a spoof video of an acid attack.
Faizal Siddiqui has apologised, and TikTok has deleted copies of his clip.
But Google intervened after it determined that critics had set up fake accounts to amplify their protests.
Even so, the move has had limited effect, and TikTok’s rating remains below two stars on the official Android marketplace.