Jokes and challenges have always been popular on YouTube, but now the Google-owned company has set stricter guidelines for that content. A new YouTube support page details the company's updated policy surrounding "harmful and dangerous" content to explicitly ban jokes and challenges that cause immediate or lasting physical or emotional harm.
"YouTube is the home of many beloved challenges and viral jokes, such as the joke of Jimmy Kimmel's terrible Christmas gifts or the challenge of flipping the water bottle," says the publication of Frequently Asked Questions. "That said, we've always had policies to make sure that the funny thing does not cross the line so that it's also harmful or dangerous."
The updated policy page now highlights three specific types of videos that are prohibited:
- Challenges that encourage acts that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm
- Jokes that make victims believe they are in physical danger.
- Jokes that cause emotional distress to children.
These are included with content such as "manufacture of instructive bombs" and "use of hard drugs" as content that encourages or promotes dangerous or illegal activities. As with most YouTube policies, the examples given are not an exhaustive list, which means that YouTube moderators will decide what is considered a harmful or dangerous joke when reviewing individual videos.
The channels that produce joke and challenge videos have two months to "review and clean up" any content that may violate these new policies. After that period, all the videos that were published before these new rules will take effect will be eliminated, but the channels will not receive a strike. In the future, YouTube will treat the offensive videos as it would with any other video that violates its Community Guidelines: several crimes in a short period of time may result in the banning of a channel.
Drive blindfolded and ingest detergent.
It is likely that YouTube will now act in part due to the popularity of "Bird box Challenge ", which challenges people to wear blindfolds and navigate the world in a similar way as Sandra Bullock and others do in the new Netflix movie.Many adults (and children) have been hurt by completing the challenge : A teenager in Salt Lake City, Utah, even crashed his car while reportedly trying to drive while covering his eyes.
The joke channels were some of the most popular on YouTube a few years ago, and some are still popular today. Popular creators such as Jake and Logan Paul often use the latest trends, creating unique jokes or challenging videos that get millions of hits. the Bird box The challenge is just one of the many potentially dangerous tricks that creators try to see. Last year, YouTube released many videos of the "Tide Pod Challenge" after adults and children filmed themselves eating small bags filled with detergent.
Prank and challenge videos have the potential to harm children and young viewers. It is known that some professional pranksters falsify their acrobatics, but they have done it well enough so that the young spectators do not understand that what they are seeing is not real. These revised guidelines are YouTube's way of telling these creators that this content is not welcome and they run the risk of being deleted if they do not clean their content.
In addition to the new rules related to jokes and challenges, YouTube updated its custom rules for thumbnails and external links. Creators can no longer promote their videos with custom thumbnails that contain forbidden content, such as badgraphy or graphic violence. The creators also can not include external links that take viewers to content that violates YouTube guidelines, such as badgraphy, malware and spam.