The boycott move was reinforced by the removal of the Tik Tok account of a Palestinian who posted a video praising Saudi aid. Tik Tok, a Chinese app that has gained immense popularity in the country, is now being abandoned by people. Calls for a boycott of Tik Tok are coming from various quarters, alleging content censorship against Saudi Arabia. The hashtag ‘Boycott Tik Tok’ is trending in Saudi Arabia this week.
Tik Tok has huge popularity in Gulf countries and Arab countries. Tik Tok, the main social media app used by most Saudis, has 26.39 million users over the age of 18 in the country alone. This is according to ByteDance, the parent company of Tik Tok. A large amount of advertising revenue also comes from the Gulf region.
Saudi daily Sharqul Ausat reported that pro-Saudi posts are being removed or accounts are being frozen while allowing comments that tarnish the image of Saudi Arabia.
The Tik Tok account of a Palestinian man who posted a video praising Saudi aid to the Palestinians during the Israeli-Palestinian war has been removed. There is a strong campaign going on in the country against this.
In response to public outcry, private companies began to end ties with Tik Tok. The newspaper reported, citing sources associated with the Saudi First Division League, a soccer association known as the Yellow League, that it had severed ties with Tik Tok. Officials have clarified that the bad action against the country is unacceptable and the contract with Tik Tok has been terminated. The newspaper reports that Tik Tok will not have a presence in the Yellow League from next season. But the Yellow League has not officially responded about this.
Tit Talk has denied the allegations of promoting content against Saudi Arabia. Tik Tok issued a statement saying it strongly opposes these allegations, which are against its policies and values. Tik Tok explained that there is a deliberate campaign against employees and partners to remove content related to Saudi Arabia.
One user said that even his post on Saudi Vision-2030 was removed by Tik Tok. Tik Tok, which restored the post after strong protests, also expressed regret.
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