TikTok bans trending ‘Crate Challenge’ videos on its platform

August 27, 2021

Over the past few days, there’s been a viral “crate challenge” trend on social media which sees people climbing up a stack of milk crates in a bid to get past the fragile but dangerous obstacle without falling.

A whopping percentage of the people who’ve partook in the challenge have suffered a bruise or more after failing the challenge and falling off from the stack of crates, there’s even been reported cases of death with some reportedly snapping their necks upon falling or suffering a fatal injury.

Well, following the rampant report of injuries sustained by people partaking in the challenge, social media platform, TikTok has in a new development banned the uploading of videos of the challenge on its platform.

TikTok explained that the challenge is a dangerous activity. All search results for the Challenge has now been deleted by TikTok.

A spokesperson for TikTok said,

TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content.

‘We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.

‘While the challenge may have started as a joke, it has resulted in some less funny injuries, with it being reported by local news outlets that people are getting hurt due to attempting the challenge.

A doctor, Ben Saldana, warned earlier this week against the challenge, noting how ‘if someone fell from seven crates, lots of things could happen’. He referenced possible broken bones, brain bleeds, concussions and spine injuries, according to the Houston Chronicle.

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