WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- TikTok issued a statement warning its users about the dangers of performing the ‘milk crate challenge.’
- Last week, TikTok has removed the viral milk crate challenge hashtags from its platform, warning it ‘glorifies dangerous acts.’
- The life-threatening trend involves people piling up the plastic crates into a pyramid and daring anyone to walk up and down the steps.
TikTok is warning its users about the dangers of the Milk Crate Challenge amid growing reports of injuries sustained while performing in the viral trend.
The challenge involves people climbing up and down a pyramid made out of plastic milk crates which often ends in a disastrous fall. It became popular on the social media platform earlier this month.
On Wednesday last week, a TikTok spokesperson told People that the site “prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content.”
TikTok’s warning about the viral trend comes after doctors and health officials issued warnings of their own over its potential dangers.
“With COVID-19 hospitalizations rising around the country, please check with your local hospital to see if they have a bed available for you, before attempting the #milkcratechallenge,” the Baltimore City Health Department tweeted on Monday.
Conan O’Brien joked about the Milk Crate Challenge on Twitter, posting that was waiting for the Food and Drug Administration to approve the trend before trying it. The FDA replied, “Although we regulate milk, we can’t recommend you try that. Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?”
George Gantsoudes, an orthopedic surgeon in Virginia, cited an example of the challenge gone wrong on Twitter, emphasizing that “surgeries required to fix problems caused by this may fall under the umbrella of ‘elective surgeries.’ “
Some hospitals have already been treating injuries caused by the Milk Crate Challenge.
Police Chief Eddie Garcia told WFAA that a Dallas woman injured herself while attempting the viral trend.
WSB-TV reported Sunday that an Atlanta-area medical worker saw at least two people who had broken or fractured bones associated to the Milk Crate Challenge.
Henry Schuitema, the chief of emergency medicine at Jefferson Health in New Jersey, told The Washington Post that the hospital treated one patient who suffered several fractured ribs after falling off the crates.
“So many of these injuries we’re seeing are preventable just by being intelligent,” Schuitema said. “If you catch a corner of one of those crates, it’s going to be problematic. It looks like something funny, but real people are getting real injuries.”