TikTok helps Pakistani handicapped man finds TRUE LOVE
An able-bodied girl from the Pakistani city of Lahore has married a handicapped man in Faisalabad after they fell in friendship and then in love on TikTok, reported 24NewsHD and City41 TV channels on Sunday.
TikToker Adeel had lost his two legs and an arm after falling from a train when he was 15. To defeat the darkness he found himself in after the accident, he some time ago started to act, make videos and upload them on TikTok. His videos became so popular that he now has half a million followers on the social media app.
In the meanwhile, Adeel developed a friendship with a girl from Lahore, Maryam, who became so impressed with his abilities and talent that she herself proposed him. Despite opposition from her family, Maryam married Adeel filling his life with happiness and joy.
Maryam said she is over the moon after marrying Adeel. “He is a very good human being. His unique abilities impressed me so much that I made my life’s biggest decision in his favour,” she added.
She said her family tried their utmost to refrain her from getting married to Adeel on the pretext that he is handicapped. “That makes no difference to me. I married him because he is a man of character. Top of all, I am in love with him and love does not see anything but love,” Maryam remarked.
The love marriage also dented recent reports that TikTok had stopped people with physical disabilities going viral on the app. The popular video app was accused of hiding videos featuring people with physical disabilities as a way to stop them from being targeted by cyberbullies.
The company says that, with reflection, its policy was 'wrong' and was put in place because of a rise in bullying on the app.
TikTok told moderators - people in charge of monitoring what is put online - to look out for people who may be at risk because of their disability and stop them from appearing in the app's main feed.
This then stopped users with physical disabilities from being seen by others and going viral.
In November 2019, it had been downloaded more times than Instagram and more than a billion times, overall.
In a statement, TikTok said the policy was meant to be a short-term fix to bullying on the app. It said: "Early on, in response to an increase in bullying on the app, we implemented a blunt and temporary policy.
"This was never designed to be a long-term solution, and while the intention was good, it became clear that the approach was wrong.
"We want TikTok to be a space where everyone can safely and freely express themselves, and we have long since changed the policy in favour of more nuanced anti-bullying policies."