TikTok Removes Saloni Gaur’s Nazma Aapi Video On China
Popular video-sharing app TikTok is in the news again for removing Nazma Aapi fame Saloni Gaur’s video on China. From TikTok Vs YouTube trend to the outrage over content glorifying acid attack by Amir Siddiqui, TikTok has been in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons these past few weeks.
So @TikTok_IN has removed my last video which had jokes on China, jaisa desh, vaisi app. Kuch bolne ki freedom hi nahi hai, tweeted Saloni.
On Thursday, the artist shared a video across her social media handles in which she is seen taking a dig at China for its cross-border activities in Ladakh. The country had moved its troops to four points in Ladakh sector’s Galwan Valley and Pangong Tso earlier this month, as per news reports. But to the surprise of everyone, TikTok removed opted to remove Saloni’s video. However, it is still available on YouTube, Instagram and Twitter. She voiced her concern in a tweet, writing, “So TikTok had removed my last video which had jokes on China, jaisa desh, vaisi app. Kuch bolne ki freedom hi nahi hai.”
So @TikTok_IN has removed my last video which had jokes on China, jaisa desh, vaisi app. Kuch bolne ki freedom hi nahi hai.
— Saloni Gaur (Nazma Aapi) (@salonayyy) May 29, 2020
TikTok is popular among users as it lets them create videos with lip-syncing, dancing, comedy skits and other activities. Created by a technology firm in China named ByteDance. In 2017 Muscial.ly was merged with TikTok after being acquired by the latter’s parent company, to create a platform with a massive global reach. The App boasts over one billion downloads on Google play alone. The app has found a huge fan following in rural and tier two section of India, as well as the metropolitan spaces.
Who is Saloni Gaur
Saloni Gaur, widely known as ‘Nazma Aapi’ is a comedian and content creator. Through her videos, this undergraduate student from Delhi University dishes out one-minute satires on both political and social issues such as the CAA-NRC protests, pollution, lockdown, Dalgona coffee, JNU violence, etc. In a short span, she has amassed over 122,000 followers on Instagram and 115,000 or so on Twitter.
In an interview with SheThePeople, Gaur said that politics is everywhere and everything is influenced by it. “It finds its way into everything one way or the other. I try to be aware of all that is happening around us and always I had these thoughts that now get channelled into my videos,” said she.
A spokesperson from TikTok reached out to SheThePeople.TV and said, “TikTok is a platform for creative expression that welcomes diversity of users and viewpoints. In context of COVID-19, we’ve implemented a more rigorous review process, to err on the side of caution and remove potentially violative content. The video in question, was reinstated after being flagged and a further review. Users have the right to appeal moderation decisions and each appeal is carefully reviewed in line with our community guidelines.”
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Simran Dhawan is an intern with SheThePeople.TV