YouTube are Banning Prank and Challenge Videos

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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.