YouTube has finally banned dangerous challenges and pranks

Just as the Bird Box challenges were picking up steam, YouTube has gotten around to banning it. Not just that either, YouTube has banned all sorts of stupid and harmful challenges and pranks on their website. An announcement was made by Google just a few hours prior which ended these stupid pranks on their website once and for all.

Bye bye Bird Box

YouTube has recently uploaded a new set of policies regarding many different issues. One of the sections was completely dedicated to dangerous pranks and stunts. This news comes following a series of disturbing videos made of the Bird Box challenge.

Before this, many YouTube creators have made Bird Box challenge videos. Aside from that many have made even stupider and more dangerous pranks and stunts. In many cases, the video takes on a stunt that is done by stunt actors or professionals. Yet, in most cases, the audiences watching the videos have no idea of the videos’ false nature. This leads many to attempt the dangerous challenges themselves, harming themselves or others in the process. In one case, a woman shot and killed her own boyfriend while performing such a stunt.

YouTube has had enough

This has led YouTube to finally put a lid on this phenomenon. They have announced that all dangerous pranks and stunts on their site will be banned indefinitely. They said exactly this in their announcement:

Dangerous challenges and pranks: Reminder – 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. Read more in this Dangerous Challenges & Pranks FAQ.

Announcement for the new changes of guideline

More changes

This is not the only update to the YouTube guidelines, however. Thumbnails that include pornography or graphic violence will lead to a strike. YouTube has faced issues with suggestive or grotesque thumbnails in the past. Anything for a few extra views right?

YouTube has also strengthened their policies about external sites. Creators who use external links for websites that cater to content like pornography, hateful ideology, or content that can incite violence, will receive a community strike. Again, if a channel collects three strikes in 90 days, it will be terminated.

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