July 24, 2021
YouTube harmful dangerous content ban

YouTube Puts an End to Dangerous Pranks and Challenges with Updated Policies

A more stringent YouTube harmful and dangerous content ban for pranks and challenges is now in full effect on the video hosting platform…

YouTube has a long history of hosting videos depicting pranks and challenges. While most are silly and benign, some are serious. Likely in response to the latest fad, the so-called “Bird Box challenge,” where people attempt all sorts of behaviors while blindfolded, the company is banning such content.

YouTube Harmful Dangerous Content Ban Announced

The Google subsidiary updated a policy page to include three types of videos which are now prohibited. These include challenges which encourage acts involving inherent risk of physical harm, pranks which cause victims to believe they in physical danger, and pranks causing emotional distress to children.

“YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, like Jimmy Kimmel’s Terrible Christmas Presents prank or the water bottle flip challenge. That said, we’ve always had policies to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line into also being harmful or dangerous.”

Of course, YouTube already prohibits things such as how to construct bombs and the use of hard drugs. But, in recent years, many people, both creators and viewers alike, have suffered harm due to posted content.

Read the brief announcement here on the support page.

Ashley Lipman

Ashley Lipman is a super-connector with Outreachmama who helps businesses find their audience online through outreach, partnerships, and networking.

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