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TikTok “Influencer” Faizal Siddiqui Apologises as Google Deletes Millions of Negative TikTok Reviews

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TikTok “influencer” Faizal Siddiqui who was in the eye of a storm for posting a video on TikTok that supposedly supported acid attacks, was summoned by the Indian police for questioning, recently. Post his visit to the police station in the Indian city of Thane, he posted a video on the video sharing platform, apologizing for his act and making an appeal to others not to indulge in such misadventures.

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In the purported video, Siddiqui was seen splashing some liquid on the face of a girl who “betrayed” him. Later, the girl is seen in the clip with grotesque make-up, suggesting a disfigured face. The video caused a furore online and many internet users called for an account ban and taking down the objectionable content.

TikTok responded by immediately taking down the content, and banning Faizal Siddiqui’s account, which at the time of the ban had over 13 million-plus followers. TikTok said Faizal’s account was banned due to multiple community guidelines violations. A spokesperson of TikTok said the video-sharing platform had taken down content, suspended the account, and are now working with law enforcement agencies as appropriate.

Meanwhile, fans and followers of Faizal Siddiqui started setting up fake accounts to amplify their protests by posting negative TikTok reviews on Google Play Store. As a result, overnight, the app’s ratings fell from 4.5 to 1.2 stars overnight. Google has now revealed that it has removed more than 5 million of the app’s recent one-star reviews but left many others active.

Even so, the move has had limited effect, and TikTok’s rating remains below two stars on the official Android marketplace. A spokesman for Google said it had taken “corrective action”.

“When we learn of incidents of spam abuse, we review and take corrective action to remove inappropriate ratings and comments,” he added. The event coincided with TikTok’s monthly revenue from in-app charges topping those of any other non-gaming app in April, including YouTube and Netflix, according to the analytics firm Sensor Tower. The figure includes sales via the Chinese version of the product, known as Douyin, according to Bloomberg.

Users can purchase virtual currency to spend on supporting their favourite creators on the app. TikTok’s month-on-month in-app purchases revenues increased tenfold to $78m (£63.8m), with 86.6% coming from China, followed by 8.2% in the US.

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WhatsApp Now Transcribes Voice Messages on Android

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Calling all Android users who dread lengthy voice messages: rejoice! WhatsApp is rolling out voice message transcription to its beta app.

This feature, already available for iOS users since May 2024, is now part of the WhatsApp Beta version 2.24.15.5 for Android. It automatically converts voice messages into text, making it easier and faster to understand conversations.

Currently, transcriptions are supported in five languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, and Hindi, with more languages promised in the future. Users opting in will need to download an additional data package to ensure all transcripts are generated directly on their devices, maintaining message privacy.

This update brings Android users closer to iOS users in terms of features and highlights WhatsApp’s commitment to improving the overall user experience.

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WhatsApp Trials AI Image Generator

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Calling all creative minds! WhatsApp is testing a new feature that uses AI to generate personalized avatars. Imagine yourself as a superhero, chilling on a beach, or even exploring space – the possibilities are endless! WABetaInfo discovered this feature in the latest Android beta update.

Here’s the tech behind the magic: a combo of user images, text descriptions, and Meta’s powerful AI, Llama. “Take photos of yourself once, then imagine yourself in any setting from the forest to outer space,” reads the screenshot on WhatsApp. The way it works is in the Meta AI Chat: users can type “Imagine in…” or “@Meta AI imagine me…” as a text prompt. A user’s likeness will then be used to generate the personalized image.

While there’s no official release date yet, this exciting feature is entirely optional. It joins the recently launched in-app custom sticker maker, showcasing WhatsApp’s commitment to fostering creativity within the app. This, alongside their ongoing development of AI chat functionalities, highlights Meta’s focus on making WhatsApp a platform that embraces both technological innovation and user expression.

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YouTube’s New Eraser Tool Now Removes Songs Without Ruining Your Videos

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Good news for creators! YouTube has rolled out a major update to its eraser tool, allowing them to effortlessly remove copyrighted music from their videos without sacrificing other audio elements like dialogue or sound effects.

In a recent video, YouTube acknowledged that the previous version of the tool needed improvement in terms of accuracy. This new iteration addresses that concern by utilizing an AI-powered algorithm that precisely detects and removes unwanted songs while leaving the rest of the audio intact.

However, YouTube’s support page advises creators that the algorithm might not always achieve perfect separation. As an alternative, creators can opt to “Mute all sound in the claimed segments,” effectively silencing any portions potentially containing copyrighted material.

Once the edit is finalized, YouTube automatically removes the content ID claim, a system designed to identify the use of copyrighted material within videos on the platform. This allows creators to proceed with their uploads without copyright concerns.

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