YouTube banning dangerous prank videos

Bird Box challenge 'final straw'

YouTube has banned dangerous prank videos after some featured people eating detergent pods and more recently, driving blindfolded mimicking a scene from the movie Bird Box.

There have been several reports of people crashing their cars as a result.

The video portal has updated its guidelines:

“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. Our Community Guidelines prohibit content that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm, and today (we are) clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks.”

YouTube says it has worked with child psychologists in developing guidelines around the types of pranks that would be deemed acceptable on the site.

YouTube users can report videos they believe are dangerous by flagging them on the platform.