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YouTube bans risky prank videos amid spate of ‘Bird Box’ challenge stunts

SFGate Wednesday, 16 January 2019
Scenes of pranks ranging from silly to hazardous have long been among YouTube’s most popular offerings. Now, after multiple reports of people putting themselves or others at risk by copying some of those stunts, the video-sharing service is clamping down on content that, in its view, depicts “dangerous challenges and pranks.” The San Bruno company said it updated its policies “to make it clear” that challenges “that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances,” pranks “with a perceived danger of serious physical injury,” and anything that causes “children severe emotional distress” are not allowed on the site.
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