If you haven’t tried Bird Box Challenge then I don’t know what you are waiting for. The challenge is heavily criticized because people are now driving while blindfolded. A popular YouTuber, Jake Paul is taking one step further by making the challenge more interesting. He records himself walking and driving in the middle of busy streets hence violating YouTube’s community guidelines.
Just like Malwadhe challenge, Bird Box Challenge has become very popular on platforms like YouTube, Instagram and Facebook. The idea is to walk around for a period of time while blindfolded, the way characters did in Netflix’s Bird Box. But most of the videos focus on people walking around in an enclosed space for a short period of time, lessening the potential for serious harm, a popular challenge has emerged on YouTube wherein creators participate in the challenge for 24 hours.
Jake Paul has joined the 24 hour challenge and it’s in contrary with YouTube’s community guidelines, which state that promoting dangerous activities is prohibited on the platform.
Jake Paul warns his viewers of the dangers involved in the activity by publishing a disclaimer in his video. The disclaimer in the description states the stunts were performed by professionals in a controlled environment and shouldn’t be replicated at home. A tiny caption appears at the bottom of the screen telling viewers not to try it at home.
“Please be warned (and we cannot possibly stress this enough); under no circumstances should any challenges, stunts, or pranks be attempted by any of our viewers,” the disclaimer reads. “All challenges, stunts, and pranks are performed by trained professionals in a controlled environment with proper safety measures taken, and are for entertainment purposes only! Again, do not try this at home!”
Paul should have warned his viewers vocally because the video will be shared widely to a younger audience – and YouTube’s community guidelines regarding challenge or prank videos. Paul’s video also isn’t age-gated, but that could change. YouTube’s policy states “it may age-restrict videos containing adults participating in activities that have a high risk of injury or death.”
“While it might not seem fair to say you can’t show something because of what viewers might do in response, we draw the line at Content that intends to incite violence or encourage dangerous or illegal activities that have an inherent risk of serious physical harm or death,” YouTube’s community guidelines state. “Videos that we consider encouraging dangerous or illegal activities include, among other things, instructional bomb making, choking games, hard drug use, or other acts where serious injury may result.”
YouTube has already started to take action against dangerous challenges. The company has removed some videos already, and it is evaluating what videos are allowed on a case-by-case basis, according to Fast Company.
“YouTube’s Community Guidelines have long prohibited content intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm,” a spokesperson told Fast Company. “Our policies are especially strict when it comes to content featuring minors and we work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate these policies.”