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YouTube is taking down Tide Pod Challenge videos and oh my god don’t eat laundry pods

I’m no longer the primary particular person to put in writing this on the web, and I gained’t be the final, however just right lord, DO NOT EAT TIDE PODS. Unfortunately, what began as a slightly ridiculous meme about how delicious-looking the detergent-filled gel pods are has spiraled into a deadly meme, with other folks in reality filming themselves consuming the blighted poison packs for a shot at 15 mins of web popularity within the “Tide Pod challenge.”

That greenback stops right here even though, with YouTube commenting that it could take away any Tide Pod problem videos, noting in a observation to Fast Company that “YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies.”

According to Time, there have already been 39 reported instances of youngsters misusing the colourful laundry pods to this point in 2018 by way of the American Association of Poison Control Centers. That won't sound like so much in the beginning look, however is already a host on par with general incidents over the route of a whole yr (39 instances in 2016, and 53 in 2017).

In an previous observation to Time, Procter & Gamble (which owns Tide) famous that the corporate was once “been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies,” and that “laundry pacs are made to clean clothes. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance, even if meant as a joke.”

So, yeah. Don’t eat laundry pods. That incontrovertible fact that YouTube considers it a contravention of neighborhood insurance policies and may take down your video, factor moves in opposition to your channel, and in all probability take away all of your account shouldn’t issue into this determination, however it’s 2018 and right here we're.

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