YouTube Removes All "Tide Pod Challenge" Videos From Its Server

Is the 'Tide Pod Challenge' a Real Thing?

YouTube Wants You To Stop Eating Tide Pods Because 2018 Is Weird As Hell

Typically, people who go into the hospital after swallowing detergent are out the next day without any issues, but it really depends on how many pods you eat and whether you ingest or inhale them.

YouTube is cracking down on a unsafe new online trend where teens put poisonous laundry gel pods in their mouths, and then eat them like candy.

"We are deeply concerned about conversations related to intentional and improper use of liquid laundry pacs, and have been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies", a spokesperson told TIME.

Google, which owns YouTube, says its guidelines strictly prohibit videos that encourage risky behavior.

The company considers removing videos when users flag them, and users whose videos are removed are at risk of their entire channel being deleted if they have receive too many flags.

Proctor and Gamble, which owns Tide, recently launched a campaign to warn people away from eating detergent pods.

"The "laundry packet challenge" is neither amusing nor without serious health implications", Stephen Kaminski, the association's executive director, said in a prepared statement.

So great is the problem that YouTube and Facebook have had to remove videos showing folks eating the toxic packages. Some teens shake, stir, or even cook them.

YouTube and Facebook (and a definitely-real security robot seen below) are taking extreme measures to deal with teens who can't resist the siren call of Tide Pods, which (by the transitive property) are just detergent-flavored Pizza Rolls. "DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else". But in a new social media craze, people are eating them.

The viral videos are just one of a series of scandals facing YouTube and its content creators, such as Logan Paul, which has spurred Google into action through the restriction of advertising revenue.

It has parents on edge as it could do severe damage to someone through the use of laundry pods.

Now most of the calls involve 13- to 19-year-olds.

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