In a latest development, which has taken the social media world with storm, YouTube star CarryMinati aka Ajey Nagar’s hit roast video titled ‘YouTube vs TikTok — The End’ has been removed from the platform for violating its ‘terms of service’. The pulling down of the video has not gone down well with his fans and followers as Twitter is abuzz with the hashtags #CarryMinati and #JusticeForCarry, trending all day long. The video was a runaway success as it had amassed over 70 million views in a week and increased Carry’s subscriber base from 8 million to over 17 million. The video also broke the record of the fastest to 10 million likes.
— Deepak Nambardar (@Deepak56501766) May 15, 2020
Four hashtag trending simultaneously on twitter for taking down youtube of @CarryMinati "Youtube Vs TikTok"
They reported video, time to go in PlayStore and AppStore and report TikTok :)
— Dr. Jayesh Thaker (@JThakers) May 15, 2020
It all started with CarryMinati roasting Amir Siddiqui, a small-time self-proclaimed ‘social-media influencer’ in the TikTok community. Siddiqui, who has studied for six years in ‘Moscow’ as described by Carry, had called the first shots when he took several digs at the YouTube community for their in-fighting amongst themselves and calling TikTok cringe.
— ɪɴꜱᴏᴍɴɪᴀᴄ♠️ (@iAbhiSaxena) May 15, 2020
Carry, who in the past has roasted the likes of Salman Khan, Bigg Boss, Pakistan Roadies star Waqar Zaka and Dhinchak Pooja did not let this opportunity slide and came with a roast video that threw the YouTube views and like counter spiraling through the window.
He brutally trolled TikTok and Amir Siddiqui in his video and by the end of the video, it was evident that Carry had dismantled Siddiqui’s reputation and his false accusations.
Whatever said and done, the video was intended as good, harmless humor and the rudimentary concept of a roast is that it has no holds barred and therefore people who are getting miffed by Carry’s video should understand how roast works in the first place.
The most subscribed individual YouTube creator PewDiePie has made his entire career by roasting people which has included India on several occasions. The T-series-PewDiePie feud was widely publicized and ultimately it brought both a lot of money and subscribers. Just to jog YouTube’s memory, his “You India You lose’ video was not deleted from the platform despite being highly insensitive in nature.
— Nakhrewali Mona (@NakhrewaliM) May 15, 2020
If this is not hypocrisy then what is this @YouTubeIndia?
You can't play with our sentiments bring back Carry's Video if you can't then delete these videos too!
— Shubham Bhardwaj (@shubh881) May 15, 2020
Even politicians are seen giving their two cents on the controversy. Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi took to Twitter to point that deleting Carry’s video was blatant discrimination by YouTube.
YouTube deleting #carryminati is plain and simple discrimination. TikTokers made their point, so did YouTubers. Third party platforms should give extra leverage to free speech & only block/delete videos in violation of law.
— Abhishek Singhvi (@DrAMSinghvi) May 15, 2020
Meanwhile, YouTube should take a long, hard look at its policies and understand that deleting videos of one of the biggest creators of YouTube India was only going to bring backlash.
It is still not entirely clear if YouTube has deleted the video because it violated the policies or because some external party put any pressure on it.
It must be noted that YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic has stated that anything that goes against the World Health Organization’s (WHO) will not be allowed on the site.
It is a fact out in the open that WHO has deep ties with China and in nutshell is a poodle of CCP. And given that TikTok is a Chinese product, the possibility of a Chinese interference cannot be ruled out.
1. Tedros is a CCP supporter, covered up cholera outbreaks.
2: WHO has recommended "traditional Chinese medicine".
3: WHO had Mugabe as a "goodwill ambassador".
Not the best company, Suze. pic.twitter.com/1osRPOdQoR
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) April 21, 2020
When CCP-backed #HongKongPolice are persecuting Hong Kong citizens on the streets, @YouTube has joined hand in silencing pro-democracy Hong Kongers.@YouTube is deleting the HKGolden Music channel, a parody music channel which makes fun of the Pro-CCP camp, from YouTube. https://t.co/IhbhZDHPhE
— W. B. Yeats (@WBYeats1865) May 10, 2020
If anything is bullying and harassment–it is another TikTok star Faisal Shaikh aka ‘Faizu’ threatening CarryMinati with dire consequences by calling him on his personal number, as narrated by CarryMinati himself in the video.
Faisal Shaikh is the same individual who had an FIR filed against him last year for posting an instigating video in the wake of Tabrez Ansari lynching. Faizu and his gang of minions were seen mocking the Mumbai Police whilst issuing a warning that there will be consequences for Ansari’s lynching.
Therefore, what CarryMinati said is not all wrong. TikTok is infamous for the crass content it produces and that too on a mass scale. The unicorns exist in the TikTok world but they are very few and far in between. They more often than not plagiarize the content from YouTube and amass millions of views.
Ashish Chanchlani, another Indian YouTube star, in an interview has described how his videos are duplicated, plagiarized, stolen and circulated on TikTok without giving any due credit
"Because @CarryMinati is crossing everyone. So before he crosses me…": @ashchanchlani#TalkingFilms #RapidFire#BollywoodHungama
Watch full video on YT: https://t.co/sDaDXW9JyK pic.twitter.com/XVWIGrHDih
— BollyHungama (@Bollyhungama) May 14, 2020
Chanchlani remarked, “I had made a horror video titled ‘Aakhri Safar’ on YouTube. The video got 11 million views on YouTube and somebody cut the videos in parts and posted it on TikTok and the video has a total of 100 million views including all the short clips.”
“So this particular angle I really hate. There have been a lot of times when content gets stolen. I have been trying to get it removed and nothing is happening and that is the reason I had to come on Tik Tok.” Chanchlani signed off saying he was disappointed by TikTok’s policies.
Last year, the Madras High Court had asked the centre to ban TikTok due to the dissemination of pornographic content on it. The court had shown concern about the app as it instigated suicidal instincts. The court also noticed that TikTok leads to child abuse by the sexual predators and pedophiles roaming scot-free on the Chinese platform.
TikTok was again in controversy last month in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Several creators from a particular community were seen mocking the guidelines of wearing masks and washing hands in videos that had gone viral on the social media platform.
Samir Khan, seen mocking coronavirus masks in this viral TikTok video has now been tested positive for coronavirus. In the video he is seen saying that he does not trust a piece of cloth, rather he trusts the lord almighty – Allah.
May good sense prevail!! pic.twitter.com/G50sW2wCZV
— Priti Gandhi – प्रीति गांधी (@MrsGandhi) April 11, 2020
As pointed out by CarryMinati, both Corona and TikTok come from the same country, therefore it’s not just India but even the western countries that doubt the credibility of apps such as TikTok that is developed by the Chinese industries.
Such apps have been declared as Spywares, as they ask for unnecessary data and send it to the Chinese servers. A study commissioned by the Economic Times has seen that 69% of the data from these apps were transferred to US and also to 7 outside agencies.
At the end it is fair enough to conclude that it is highly hypocritical on part of YouTube to ban such a video when it works on the philosophy that it is a free-space for creators that nurtures freedom. If YouTube considers CarryMinati’s video violated guidelines, then YouTube seriously needs to have a re-look at them, because at this moment YouTube’s guidelines policy seems a joke.
Meanwhile, the menace of TikTok should be completely banned until its content is moderated, its privacy policies made clear, and creators like “Faisu” and “Amir” shown their place.
For CarryMinati, the whole incident is only going to bring him more publicity and more followers—a win-win in any situation.