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YouTube bans dangerous pranks and challenges

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(WFLA/CNN Newsource) – YouTube is banning videos showing dangerous pranks and challenges.

The decision was prompted by safety concerns, especially challenges that put people’s lives in danger, such as videos produced for the recent “Bird Box Challenge.”

In that challenges, users blindfold themselves while performing tasks… including driving.

YouTube implemented the change Tuesday.

The updated guidelines state YouTube won’t allow the uploading of videos that “can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances.”

One example is the Tide Pod Challenge, in which a person eats laundry detergent packets on camera.

Another example is the fire challenge, which involves setting oneself on fire using a flammable liquid. 

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