TikTok vs. YouTube saga

What this TikTok vs. YouTube controversy all about?

  • The country’s most controversial issue YouTube vs Tiktok, it began with people arguing whether Youtube is a better platform or Tiktok. And this controversy started from Youtubers roasting Tiktokers then Tiktoker roasting Youtubers.
  • Youtube users post videos and memes trolling Tiktok users and roasting them for the often ‘crying content’. These posts provoked Tiktok users as they started making content against Youtube users. And started roasting them, their work, and content.
  • This controversy got heated up when Youtube’s roasted Ajey Nagar popular as “Carry Minati”, posted a video on Youtube roasting Tiktokers. Carry Minati is a gaming Youtuber who is famous for his roasting videos about ‘Bigg Boss’ ‘Dhinchak Pooja’ and many others. He gained over 12 million subscribers after ‘Pewdipie’ for how video mocking the “T-Series” official page.
  • Amir Siddiqui and other famous Tiktok users making videos of roasting Youtubers. The controversy escalated further when TikToker Faisal Shaikh aka Mr. Faisu posted a video endorsing acid attacks.

About YouTube and TikTok

  • YouTube is an American application, Started by Jawed Karim, Steve Chen, and Chad Hurley, YouTube first launched in 2005.YouTube has over 2 billion users, almost one-third of all people on the Internet
  • YouTube is a video sharing service where users can watch, like, share, and comment and upload their videos. The video service can be accessed on PCs, laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. Users can search for and watch videos.
  • YouTube where we can create a personal YouTube channel. Upload videos to your channel. Like/Comment/share other YouTube videos. Users can subscribe/follow other YouTube channels and users.
  • Zhang Yiming, who is the founder of “ByteDance”, developed TikTok. TikTok has more than 1.5 billion all-time downloads. Currently, 40% of TikTok users are located outside China. India has a particularly large user base and accounts for approximately 25% of app downloads to date. As of March 2019, the user base of TikTok in the US was approximately 14 Million.
  • TikTok primarily shows video content that is 15 seconds in length. While there is an option to share videos up to one minute long, there is no longer-form video, and no image or text sharing options.

Features and Drawbacks of YouTube and TikTok

  • Freedom of speech: Both Youtube and TikTok give people the freedom to speak whatever they want. Youtube as a platform allows many users to make a video with content to show their knowledge, ability and this content helps others to get knowledge, entertained and implement in their daily routine, work, and so on. While TikTok allows making videos just for entertainment purposes and that also only up to 1 minute. To encourage, teach, share knowledge in 1 minute or so is quite difficult.
  • Attention Span: Youtube videos are longer, which helps in creating a long and detailed attention span. While in TikTok videos, the attention span is too low as videos are of low length. This impact our mental health and concentration issue. Nowadays we already have so many diversions that the human mind can’t concentrate on the same thing for long.
  • Entry Barrier: TikTok provides no entry barrier just about anybody can download the app, record video, and upload it. Requires a mobile and good data plan. While Youtube video making and publishing doesn’t require large investment but progressing towards making a YouTube channel involves technical as well as good scripting knowledge. YouTubers have to devote luxurious time and energy for good content.
  • Decision-Making Capability: As active or passive viewing to content, this will impact our decision making capability. TikTok, when we start watching videos, is of too much less span so we don’t make any kind of decision that what we want to see just scrolling and watching makes our mind passive. While watching videos on YouTube gives us an enormous time to choose what we want to see and what we are watching is worthy or not, and this makes our mind more active and uses decision-making capability.
  • Offensive content: There are multiple pleas to ban TikTok in India. The application was banned in India last year for promoting derogatory content. After which TikTok removed millions of videos from the platform. And personal information is on the threat of TikTok as Chinese’s application got this-“#banTiktok” trend on twitter. While Youtube is owned by Google that vouches to protects freedom of speech and expression.
  • Resources Time and Money: Lots of people using TikTok, as this platform encourages people to create content that doesn’t require any other equipment in no time. Hence, the majority of its users come in the age range of “16 to 24” and from “rural regions” who have a lack of resources and this will help them to show their talent. While Youtube needs resources, quality content with money, and time.


  • YouTube is an American video-sharing platform that allows users to upload, view, share, like videos, and subscribes channels. It offers a wide range of content from small video clips to long documentaries for all backgrounds.
  • TikTok is a short video app whose average videos are just 15 seconds to 1 minute long. Most of the videos on TikTok consists of entertaining content that doesn’t require much research and is often deemed as cringe. Hence, slotting them in the same box doesn’t make any sense.
  • Pitting, roasting people for YouTube against TikTok, or vice versa is wrong, and it is unfair to place both these digital platforms in the same brackets.

Author: Soniya