It's about time.
YouTube will no longer be supporting stupid behavior that can get people hurt. That doesn't mean there won't be stupid videos... just not the kind that can hurt people... like the Tide Pod Challenge, the Bird Box Challenge, etc.
YouTube has issued new guidelines, saying that videos depicting "dangerous challenges and pranks" will no longer be allowed on YouTube.
Users who violate the ban will have their videos removed and a "strike" set against them, limiting what they can do for 90 days.
Here's more on the guidelines, and some examples of what's not allowed:
Dangerous challenges and pranks:
Reminder – content that encourages violence or dangerous activities that may result in serious physical harm, distress or death violates our harmful and dangerous policy, so we’re clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks. 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. We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we prohibit challenges presenting a risk of serious danger or death, and pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger, or cause children to experience severe emotional distress. Read more in this Dangerous Challenges & Pranks FAQ.
Click on the link below for the FAQ on what is and isn't allowed.
But Tide Pods have to go... and probably a lot of the Bird Box Challenge as well...
We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube.