YouTube updates guidelines to address dangerous pranks, challenges

CNET | 1/15/2019 | Steven Musil
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YouTube removed a video that showed internet personality Jake Paul driving a car while blindfolded.

YouTube wants users to know that dangerous viral challenges or pranks like the Tide Pod challenge have no place on the video platform.

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The Google-owned video-sharing site said Tuesday it had updated its community guidelines to clarify that content containing pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury violate YouTube policy prohibiting content that encourages violence or dangerous activities. The updated policy comes amid a spate of Bird Box challenges, in which participants go around wearing blindfolds.

"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," YouTube said in a blog post Tuesday announcing the update.

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The policy clarification makes it clear that YouTube doesn't allow the posting of pranks that make people feel they're in serious physical danger, such as a home invasion or drive-by shooting. It also prohibits pranks that cause severe emotional distress to children -- anything that could leave the child traumatized for life.

YouTube has seen an uptick in the past year of people posting recordings of themselves engaging in dangerous challenges. A year ago, YouTube began...
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