The video-sharing site announced Tuesday that it will prohibit any content “that encourages dangerous activities that are likely to result in serious harm.”
“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 website states.
A recent craze popping up on YouTube is the “Bird Box” challenge, in which participants blindfold themselves before undertaking everyday activities like walking, exercising, crossing a busy street or driving a car.
In a particularly egregious example of a YouTube challenge gone wrong, a 19-year-old woman filmed herself fatally shooting her boyfriend in 2017 for a stunt they hoped would go viral.
YouTube’s rules also target videos that inflict emotional injury onto someone.
“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,” the company said. “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.”
Users found to be violating YouTube’s Community Guidelines will receive strikes, which they will be able to appeal.