WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Tiktok now has numerous video clips that stir users to risky, dangerous and illegal activities.
- Viral video challenges on social media sites leave users facing charges.
- TikTok issued a statement regarding the issue, and now provides guidelines on what to post on the social media platform.
The social network TikTok streams 15-second-long video clips that feature humor, music, and dance moves, not to mention cringe-worthy antics by famous folks.
Most video challenges that go viral appear harmless, pushing things like lip-syncing, and “test-dipping.” Unfortunately, barely two months into 2020 and TikTok users are already getting pulled in by some new, more nefarious challenges.
Take a look at some of these videos:
The ‘skullbreaker challenge’
The title gives pretty much everything you would need to understand this viral craze. The clip shows three friends jumping next to each other while kicking the guy in the middle. This lead to the person to land flat on his back and hit his head.
Following injuries recorded in Miami, New Jersey, and Arizona, two teenagers were charged with misdemeanor battery and cyberbullying following an incident in Daytona Beach, Florida. Two students from Mexico recently lead a girl to plant her face to the ground while trying to imitate “skullbreaker” for themselves. They reportedly used a sweater instead of their feet to trip the girl.
The ‘penny challenge’ (syn. “outlet challenge”)
This trend is a fire hazard in the making: this involves slipping a penny in between partly-dislodged phone charger and the wall outlet. All to watch the sparks fly from the socket.
The video was copied as a prank in Massachusetts school, leading to a fire that is undetectable and “burning in the walls, endangering everyone that’s in the building” says the fire department. The students face charges and possible punishment from school after leaving burnt evidence in their wake.
The ‘cereal challenge’
[Warning: Graphic language]
This one just seems gross, but it also could potentially end dangerously: death by choking. In this video, a person pours milk and cereal into another’s open mouth while lying down. The first person then proceeds to eat breakfast from the human “bowl.”
“If you guys are cool with cereal in your lungs after you choke that’s cool too I guess,” tweeted @Mandi2341.
TikTok issued a statement regarding the volume of videos inspiring people to do dangerous things: “The safety and well-being of our users is a top priority at TikTok. As we make clear in our Community Guidelines, we do not allow content that encourages, promotes, or glorifies dangerous challenges that might lead to injury, and we remove reported behavior or activity that violates our guidelines. To help keep our platform safe, we have introduced a slate of safety features geared towards enhancing our users’ experience, including tools for reporting inappropriate content and for managing privacy settings.”
Source: New York Post