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1/15/19
🔍 FAQ: Dangerous Challenges and Pranks Enforcement Update 0 Recommended Answers 11 Replies 168 Upvotes
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Hi everybody,

You can find below some FAQs regarding the recent updates about Dangerous Challenges and Pranks Enforcement.

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 clarifying what this means for dangerous challenges and pranks.

Q: What exactly are you clarifying related to challenges?
We’ve updated our external guidelines to make it clear that challenges like the Tide pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube.
 
Q: What exactly are you clarifying related to pranks?
We’ve made it clear that our policies prohibiting harmful and dangerous content also extend to pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury. We don’t allow pranks that make victims believe they’re in serious physical danger – for example, a home invasion prank or a drive-by shooting prank. We also don’t allow pranks that cause children to experience severe emotional distress, meaning something so bad that it could leave the child traumatized for life.
 
Q: What are examples of pranks that cause children severe emotional distress?
We’ve worked directly with child psychologists to develop guidelines around the types of pranks that cross this line. Examples include, the fake death of a parent or severe abandonment or shaming for mistakes.
 
Q: Can I appeal strikes related to dangerous challenges and pranks?
Yes, you can appeal the strike if you think the video content doesn’t violate Community Guidelines.
 
Q: How long is the “grace period” for me to review and clean up content?
The next two months – during this time challenges and pranks that violate Community Guidelines will be removed but the channel will not receive a strike. Additionally, content posted prior to these enforcement updates may be removed, but will not receive a strike.
 
Q: Are the examples in this post exhaustive?
The examples we’ve given are not exhaustive and we evaluate all content against our Community Guidelines when making decisions for enforcement. Learn more about our harmful and dangerous policy.

Q: What about reuploading dangerous challenges or pranks that other people created? Is it ok so long as the person uploading the videos is not the one actually doing the challenge or prank?
We apply the same policies to the original video, reuploads, and reaction videos. We make some exceptions for news coverage or other content that explicitly aims to discourage  dangerous behavior, but it's best to keep dangerous pranks or challenges out of your content if you think they might have violated our policies. Parody or satirical content is ok so long as it’s clear everyone involved is in on the prank or the satirical content clearly aims to discourage viewers from engaging in dangerous behavior. Otherwise, even humorous content may be removed if it features footage of people performing dangerous challenges or pranks since we want to avoid people hurting themselves or others.

Hope this helps!

Camilla
Community Manager, TeamYouTube
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1/29/19
I appreciate this update for one reason only. I like the fact that you guys provided a clear cut example of what is and isn't allowed. Allowing us to make an informed decision about future pranks. Please youtube, please do this with the other guidelines. Please provide us all with a list of links that are allowed or set up a lick checker so we can make sure beforehand. Please provide us with examples of what can and can not be put in thumbnails or again set up an out of site checking program so we can make sure we're in the clear before uploading. We want to be able to follow the rules that keep this community safe, but we can't do that if we all feel like we're walking on eggshells or don't understand exactly what you guys are looking for. I'm honestly afraid to start my film project because of this, just reading the guidelines make me hesitant to contribute to this community as a whole. That. Shouldn't. Be. An. Issue. New creatures should never be afraid to join a community because they don't know where their content will stand against the bots. Please, you have proven with this guideline update that you can explain yourselves in a way that is easily understood by the everyday user. Do the same for the rest of the guidelines, please.
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1/30/19
You tube is actively demonitizing valuable channel because they don't agree with contradictory theories! Stop it now YouTube or we will boycott.
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3/13/19
So Pranks that cause adults emotional distress are ok? Strange policy.
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3/29/19
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4/11/19
I'm adul and can't watch while little children watch it's d that is not things children ain't supposed watch
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4/15/19
You can do what you want to do
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4/23/19
This will make me not upload to YouTube, but safety comes first for all content creators.
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8/13/19
U know what! ,ur right! ,even though I don't hurt anybody, I didn't think the magnitude of this problem , just because im using my family members  wifi, ect, to watch ect,
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9/6/19
Thank you the updates to this.    

Now that you've updated the policy on this, please also consider updating or making clearer the policy on potential seizure triggering content.

Also a review of how You Tube handles 'demonstration' of hypnosis or trance related content would be appreciated, so that it remains in appropriate compliance with applicable legislation (such as the Hypnotism Act in the UK). There are video on You Tube which claim to be 'staged' hypnosis which should be reviewed with the legal obligations in mind.
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9/7/19
Do the cinnamon and chubby bunny challenges count as examples of dangerous content? And what challenges are no longer going to be featured on YouTube besides the dangerous ones?
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9/14/19
Typical.  No clear rules.  Just we'll destroy your content if WE don't like it or our advertisers complain.  Hey YT...How bout for once actually posting your rules that we can follow instead of your constantly vague comments on following rules we can't see or view.  But then that's what you really want isn't it?  The ability to appease an advertiser by taking down content THEY find offensive or a group of people consider discriminatory.  Frankly, you should be honest.  You really don't care about if it follows rules as long as your advertisers think it's OK, right?  So keep your rules vague and undocumented so you can make them up as you go to destroy valid content of creators just because someone is offended.  Just because a video offends someone is no reason to take it down.  We all had the rights to freedom of speech even though many advertisers may hate that content.   It's just censorship pure and simple in order to make YT a buck.  YT users...If you don't like the content, thumb it down and negatively comment on it.  Then don't watch it again.  That's your right.  But don't become a voice for censorship.  Just because you don't like it doesn't mean it should be banned.  Just because it attacks something you hold dear doesn't mean it should be banned.  If we truly believe in Democracy, we have to defend the right of every opinion including those we hate whether it's popular with us or not.  Most of what YT has been taking down may offend some people, but they always have the choice of choosing not to watch.  Instead these people want things they don't like banned from YT.  Stop the censorship YT!
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