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YouTube on Tide Pod Challenge: We Don't Want Your Videos Here

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By    |   Thursday, 18 January 2018 01:30 PM

YouTube is taking down Tide Pod Challenge video clips in which people film themselves eating the colorful laundry detergent squares.

The videos have become popular among teenagers, sparking health and safety warnings about the practice, CNN Money reported. Facebook and Instagram have both removed the posts from their platforms, as well.

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm," a Google representative said in a statement cited by CNN. "We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies."

Officials have warned parents for years to make sure children don't get their hands on Tide Pods by mistake. One study published by the medical journal Pediatrics in 2014 stated that, between 2012 and 2013, an average of one child a day was sent to the hospital because of the pods, according to USA Today.

Critics often complain that children ages 1 and 2 cannot tell the difference between the colorful pods and candy or juice.

But the Tide Pod Challenge is entirely different: People, including teens, are purposely ingesting the pods on camera. The popularity of the hashtag #TidePodChallenge in recent weeks has led the American Association of Poison Control Centers to issue an alert, CNN reported.

"The 'laundry packet challenge' is neither funny nor without serious health implications," Stephen Kaminski, the executive director of the American Association of Poison Control Centers said in the statement.

"The intentional misuse of these products poses a real threat to the health of individuals. We have seen a large spike in single-load laundry packet exposures among teenagers since these videos have been uploaded . . . Everyone needs to be aware of the dangers of swallowing the contents of a single-load laundry packet," Kaminski continued.

Tide took to social media last week in an effort to discourage people from participating in the Tide Pod Challenge.

But Bruce Turkel, chief executive with Turkel Brands, told CNN he doesn't the move takes it far enough.

"What they need to do now is first of all, take these things off the shelves, and . . . put them back in a way that does not look edible, appetizing, exciting or anything else," Turkel told CNN. "You want to have a real challenge? Get teenagers to do their own laundry."

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