YouTube changed its policies in an attempt to curb potentially dangerous challenges and jokes, Engadget said on Tuesday, updating its rules to ban them explicitly from the site
] The string in Google's YouTube Help Community Employee wrote that while the site already has rules prohibiting "content that promotes violence or dangerous activities that can cause serious physical injuries, disasters or death," this pushes an update that adds a section, which directly prohibits a prompt jokes and jokes that could put people in serious danger or cause the child to "experience serious emotional anxiety": crossing the line of danger and danger. We have updated our external guidelines to make it clear that we are banning challenges that pose a risk of serious danger or death and jokes that victims believe they are in serious physical danger or cause serious emotional harm to children.
While YouTube has already removed videos related to specific challenges, such as the one in which people are emitting tides, the update appears to have the least impression that it is dealing with the trend as a whole. The platform moderation team is mistakenly absorbed by the vast amount of content, so whether this will still work is yet to be determined.
In the last few weeks, a particularly stupid challenge based on Netflix's horror movie Bird Box has become viral, with internet randos recording videos mimicking key scenes in which the heroes wandered blindfolded not to see a ghostly monster (or a ghost, or a stranger or something like that is not clear). The challenge of Bird Box was driven in part by prominent YouTubers as the extremely annoying cool-hearted Jake Paul who published a video trying to show driving and wandering in bandage, as well as other idiots, video clips attracting their children in him. Netflix begged fans not to hurt, imitating the film, but last week the potential danger became crystal clear when a 17-year-old girl reported having broken a car with the challenge Bird Box . Fortunately no one has suffered. According to the YouTube post, the new rules will be applied immediately but there will be a two-month grace period in which it will remove the content in violation of the updated rules without applying strikes against the account owner. It is possible to remove content that violates the updated rules, but this will not lead to a strike.
Interestingly, Paul's video seems to have disappeared from YouTube. However, TubeFilter writes that "sources familiar with the matter" (as far as somebody can be a source of Jake Paul) said the platform did not remove it.
Other updates, also announced in the same post, include application-hit audiences who publish video thumbnails or have links to external content that "grossly" violates YouTube's rules. The same grace period will apply to these changes.