TikTok suspends Faizal Siddiqui's account after massive flak for posting misogynist content
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: In the wake of recent controversy which shook the social media towns, Chinese instant video-sharing app Tiktok banned the account of its fairly popular user Faizal Siddiqui, for his misogynistic video which watchers and critics alleged, promoted violence against the women.
Faizal, who had over 13 million followers on Tiktok shared a short-video in which he lip-syncs the dialogue, "Tumhe usne chhorr diya, jiske liye tumne mujhe chhorra tha! (The guy you left me for, has left you!). By the end of this dialogue, Faizal appears to be virtually splashing a liquid over a girl's face in a duet, due to which the girl's face turns disfigured -- albeit artificially.
The video received tremendous flak on and off the social media, prompting the (NCW) National Commission for Women chief, to write to Maharashtra DGP 'to take action against Faizal Siddiqui'.
Written to @DGPMaharashtra DGP to take action against #FaizalSiddiqui. Also wrote to @TikTok_IN to block this person from the platform, though they have deleted the video from it after a call from @NCWIndia https://t.co/drBqy9ykji pic.twitter.com/X1CpM8soBt— Rekha Sharma (@sharmarekha) May 18, 2020
Sharma later on said, that the instant video-sharing platform is 'pushing the youngsters towards unproductive life'.
Later on Tuesday, acid attack survivor and activist Laxmi Aggarwal took to Instagram, where she shared Siddiqui's video and while thanking NCW for seeking prompt action against Siddiqui, also slammed him for his virtual misogyny.
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Thanks to National Commission for Women for taking cognizane of the viral video by TikTok ‘influencer’ Faizal Siddiqui promoting acid attack.Such videos/actions should be strictly debarred which are against the society. We are working day and night to stop the acid attacks , violence against women. This cringe activity is not called influencing but promoting crime. Such persons are curse to our society. So it is important to ban such videos and accounts from the social media. Come forward-we urge you to stop acid violence-Stop Sale Acid @ncwindia
Tiktok, while taking cognisance of the matter and strong negative PR on social media against platform's alleged complicity in giving rise to degradation of public narratives, took down the video and suspended Faizal Siddiqui's account.
"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," a TikTok spokesperson was quoted as saying later on Tuesday.
However, earlier on Monday, the accused Faizal Siddiqui himself defended his act, by saying that his video has been misrepresented and he in-fact drinks the liquid which he's virtually seen to be splashing at a girl. "Who drinks acid?" Faizal said in his defence on Instagram.
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