YouTube are Banning Prank and Challenge Videos

At Last YouTube are Banning Prank and Challenge Videos. I can’t believe its taken them so long,  YouTube‘s recent announcement seems to be in the wake of the Bird Box challenge.  The tide pod challenge wasn’t enough.

YouTube said it had updated its policies to clearly state that challenges that have the potential to cause death or physical injury and have no place on YouTube.  So don’t panic everyone you will still be able to see the standard pranks and jokes but not if they are seriously dangerous.

At Last YouTube are Banning Prank and Challenge Videos

These challenges the kids are doing can be very dangerous, and us older more sensible people (haha) are dreading the news that someone has been hurt, poisoned or worse died doing these silly pranks.

What is the bird box challenge?

The Bird Box challenge is when people are doing their normal activities while blindfolded. The challenge was inspired by the Netflix film, which features characters blindfolded because they can’t look at the beast.  Many people started to film their own challenges and post it on Youtube.  And people have participated in dangerous activities while blindfolded, like driving…

What is the Pod Challenge

As offensive and dangerous as the Bird Box Challenge this one is called the Tide Pod Challenge. This ridiculous trend saw teens filming themselves while they attempt to eat Tide laundry detergent pods. Which can be deadly if ingested. , before challenging others to do the same.  Although I do think many were just pretending for the camera, and some wouldn’t go through with it. There is always the change that someone would go through with it and take it too far.  Which we did see with the Cinnamon challenge.

Where Does it State That YouTube are Banning Prank and Challenge Videos

The new guidelines from YouTube state that

Content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks. YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous. We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress.

I don’t think it will stop the challenger however. I’m sure the kids will just post their videos on Snapchat.Instagram, Facebook Live, Periscope or where ever else they can.

Whatsapp Gold Martinelli Hoax Again

Whatsapp Gold Martinelli Hoax Again

I think we first saw the Whatsapp Gold Marinelli Hoax back in 2016 – its a chain letter, its spam, it’s just annoying.  Like the one previous to this one, it came back time and time again, the last time I saw it was 2014. David D Suretech – told us we had to forward his message in order to stay on Whatsapp. 

If you know anyone using WhatsApp you might pass on this. An IT colleague has advised that a video comes out tomorrow from WhatsApp called martinelli do not open it , it hacks your phone and nothing will fix it. Spread the word. If you receive a message to update the Whatsapp to Whatsapp Gold, do not click !!!!!
Now said on the news this virus is difficult and severe

Pass it on to all

It wasn’t on the radio and it wasn’t just announced….. 

Don’t send it to everyone – just tell everyone to not forward or download stuff from Whatsapp. Then we can all keep safe.

They appear to have mixed up two previous hoaxes’ which over the years have slightly changed the wording and only once was there anything with it – and we weren’t warned about it either – it was just there. Since then we just get these warnings.

It was back in 2016 that that said Whatsapp Gold was a premium service that you could get, and you’d get super things if you download it now for free – of course, it wasn’t – it was fake and if you downloaded whatever that was you might get some nasty stuff – but the video regarding Martinelli never existed at all.

The best way to stay safe is to never download anything you don’t exactly know what it is.. This is why forwards are so frowned upon because of they usually fake news or spam and why India has tried to stamp out people sending forwards

To keep safe make sure that you…

  • Always update security updates
  • Only get apps from the App Store or Google Play.
  • Get security software for your phone Sophos Mobile Security for iOS or Android.

Whatsapp Gold Martinelli Hoax Again

Here are some tips from Whatsapp help about forwards 

Tips to help prevent the spread of rumors and fake news

  1. Understand when a message is forwardedMessages with the “Forwarded” label help you determine if your friend or relative wrote the message or if it originally came from someone else. Double check the facts when you’re not sure who wrote the original message. To learn more about forwarding messages, please read these articles.
  2. Check photos and media carefullyPhotos, audios, and videos can be edited to mislead you. Look at trusted news sources to see if the story is being reported elsewhere. When a story is reported in multiple places, it’s more likely to be true.
  3. Look out for messages that look differentMany messages or website links you receive containing hoaxes or fake news have spelling mistakes. Look for these signs so you can check if the information is accurate. To learn more about suspicious links, please read these articles.

If its too good to be true it usually isn’t 

  1. Check your biasesWatch out for information that confirms your preexisting beliefs and review the facts before sharing information. Stories that seem hard to believe are often untrue.
  2. Fake news often goes viralEven if a message is shared many times, this does not make it true. Don’t forward a message because the sender is urging you to do so.
  3. Verify with other sourcesIf you’re still not sure if a message is true, search online for facts and check trusted news sites to see where the story came from. If you still have doubts, ask fact-checkers or people you trust for more information.
  4. Help stop the spreadIf you see something that’s fake, tell the person that sent it to you and ask them to verify information before they share it. Don’t share a message because someone tells you to do so. If a group or a contact is constantly sending fake news, report them. To learn how to report a contact or a group, please read this