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YouTube is taking down videos of the Tide Pod Challenge

19 January, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Kristen Ingram
  • YouTube is taking down videos of teenagers eating detergent that were posted online as part of a potentially fatal online challenge. Children attempting the'Tide Pod Challenge film themselves chewing on detergent pods and then dare others to participate

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's meant to encourage unsafe activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm", a Google representative said in a statement cited by CNN. "Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA", the company wrote on its website.

The nation's recent obsession with ingesting Tide Pods has now prompted YouTube and Facebook to comb through their videos and remove all traces of dumb kids eating laundry detergent.

YouTube is making a virtual rinse of all videos portraying the "Tide Pod Challenge".

YouTube announced Wednesday that it will be removing videos of the Tide Pod Challenge, a meme turned video series in which people place the colorful packets of detergent in their mouths, BuzzFeed News reports. They did not address the donuts, but did say in part "laundry pacs are made to clean clothes".

Patterson said they sold more than 50 of the Tide Pod donuts Wednesday, the only day they were selling them.

Last Thursday, the Iowa Poison Control Center received its first call of the year involving misuse of laundry pods.

In response to this, Tide were forced to release a safety with tips on how to store the detergent pods and keep them away from children.

Along with the video site, Tide has also reminded people on their Twitter that Tide Pods are only used for "DOING LAUNDRY".

At the peak of the Tide Pod Challenge's virality, a GIF of Oprah Winfrey eating on stage was tweeted out and became a meme joking that she epitomised the feeling of eating a detergent pack.

Doctors say eating real laundry pods can be risky and cause respiratory distress, respiratory failure, and even severe cases - death. And now, Google, which owns YouTube, says it's taking down clips that show people taking bites of the pods, Fast Company reported. The company has recently enlisted National Football League star Rob Gronkowski to appear in a company-sponsored video to deter teens from eating the detergent packets.

Two of the deaths were young children, and the other eight involved elderly people with dementia.

"If you know someone who ingested them, or think they might have ingested them, they should go straight to the ER or call the poison control hotline center", Smith said.

"I got up early and immediately started making them", Berthiaume, co-owner of Vinnie's Pizzeria in New York City, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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