No more Tide Pods or Bird Box challenges.
In a bid to keep the online YouTube community safer, it has announced today that it will start banning videos that depict danger or promote life-threatening situations. This comes after viral videos such as the ‘Tide Pod’ and ‘Bird Box’ challenges have started bring shared on the popular video platform.
While YouTube is said to have discouraged some users from uploading such videos, it was never clarified if the uploaders were being punished for any violation. But now it seems that YouTube is adamant to keep the website and free from videos that spite harm.
“YouTube’s Community Guidelines set the rules of the road for what we don’t allow on YouTube and not only apply to videos but all content, including comments, thumbnails, links, posts, live chat, etc. For example, we do not allow pornography, incitement to violence, harassment, or hate speech in any form on YouTube. We rely on a combination of people and technology to flag inappropriate content and enforce these guidelines (learn more about how that works here). “Enforcement” refers to actions that YouTube takes to uphold our Community Guidelines – for example removing and issuing a strike for a video that violates our policies,” it said in a blog post.
It mentioned that updates guidelines mean that if the video you uploaded shows some form of harm, the video automatically be removed and you’ll be earning a strike.
YouTube said that it will start cleaning up videos in the next two months, with affected videos beings removed but will not issue a strike against the channel.