YouTube Cracks Down on Dangerous Challenges Pranks

first_img YouTube is cracking down on dangerous challenges and pranks.The video-sharing service on Tuesday reminded users that risky dares—like the Tide Pod, Bird Box, and fire challenges—are not acceptable content.“YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks [remember Jimmy Kimmel’s Terrible Christmas Presents and the water bottle flip trick?], but we need to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous,” the company wrote in an announcement.Anything that presents serious danger or death, makes victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or causes children to experience severe emotional distress are prohibited.Videos featuring a home invasion or drive-by shooting prank, for instance, will be pulled from the site, as well as practical jokes like the fake death of a parent.“The examples we’ve given are not exhaustive and we evaluate all content against our Community Guidelines when making decisions for enforcement,” according to a YouTube FAQ.No one should have to remind people to not do something stupid like walking around outside blindfolded or consuming laundry detergent pods. Yet, here we are… PewDiePie Pulls $50,000 Pledge to Anti-Hate Group After Fan BacklashYouTube Fined $170M For Alleged Child Privacy Law Violation Stay on targetcenter_img Reminder : Our policies prohibit content encouraging violent or dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm.  We’ve updated external guidelines to clarify what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks. FAQs → https://t.co/4LYlC1GqlB— Team YouTube (@TeamYouTube) January 15, 2019Popular on social media, the recent Bird Box challenge requires people to blindfold themselves—like the character in Netflix’s post-apocalyptic film—while doing everyday tasks.Despite warnings from the streaming video service, folks continue to put themselves (and others) in danger in the name of a meme.Case in point: A 17-year-old in Utah pulled a hat over her eyes while driving on Layton Parkway. Despite losing control of the car, skidding into the westbound lanes, crashing into another vehicle, and hitting a light pole, no injuries were reported.Also on the docket are changes to custom thumbnails and external links: Violations (i.e. featuring pornography or graphic violence, malware, or spam) will result in strikes; three strikes in 90 days leads to account termination.YouTube is offering a two-month “grace period,” during which users can review the updates and make appropriate changes. After that, any offending content will be removed, though the channel will not receive a strike.More on Geek.com:Jack Black Just Launched a Gaming YouTube ChannelYouTube’s Top Earner Is a 7-Year-Old Who Made $22M Reviewing ToysWatch: YouTube Rewind 2018 Recaps the Year in Trends, Memeslast_img