YouTube Bans Harmful Pranks And Stunts In Wake Of ‘Chook Field’ Problem

YouTube is cracking down on dangerous prank and problem movies amid a wave of customers committing outrageous stunts, like driving a automobile whereas blindfolded, for viral fame.

The video-sharing web site introduced Tuesday that it’s going to prohibit any content material “that encourages harmful actions which might be prone to end in severe hurt.”

“Whereas it won’t appear honest to say you possibly can’t present one thing due to what viewers would possibly do in response, we draw the road at Content material that intends to incite violence or encourage harmful or unlawful actions which have an inherent threat of significant bodily hurt or demise,” YouTube’s web site states. 

YouTube said it is cracking down on video content “that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in se

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YouTube mentioned it’s cracking down on video content material “that encourages harmful actions which might be prone to end in severe hurt.”

Google, which owns YouTube, particularly cited the Tide Pod problem and the Hearth problem as examples of stunts that can lead to damage or demise.

A latest craze popping up on YouTube is the “Chook Field” problem, wherein individuals blindfold themselves earlier than endeavor on a regular basis actions like strolling, exercising, crossing a busy avenue or driving a automobile.

In a very egregious instance of a YouTube problem gone fallacious, a 19-year-old lady filmed herself fatally taking pictures her boyfriend in 2017 for a stunt they hoped would go viral.

Users can report dangerous content directly beneath the videos.


Customers can report harmful content material immediately beneath the movies.

YouTube’s guidelines additionally goal movies that inflict emotional damage onto somebody.

“We don’t permit pranks that make victims consider they’re in severe bodily hazard — for instance, a house invasion prank or a drive-by taking pictures prank,” the corporate mentioned. “We additionally don’t permit pranks that trigger youngsters to expertise extreme emotional misery, that means one thing so unhealthy that it may depart the kid traumatized for all times.”

Customers discovered to be violating YouTube’s Group Tips will obtain strikes, which they are going to be capable to attraction.