Published: Fri, January 19, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

YouTube is Cracking Down On "Tide Pod Challenge" Videos

YouTube is Cracking Down On

Tide Pods have been the internet's forbidden fruit for weeks now, but a new crackdown on YouTube is trying to slow the meme's roll a bit.

A number of the alarming clips have been uploaded to YouTube, prompting warnings from U.S. officials and poison control centres not to ingest detergent.

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Consumer Reports says the pods are potentially toxic as they often contain ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and long-chain polymers, which can burn the mouth, digestive system and stomach.

The Tide Pod Challenge is a growing worry among product safety organizations.

Even Rob Gronkowski - the ultimate party bro - filmed a PSA for Tide advising people not to eat the pods.

Medical experts have warned that by eating laundry detergent pods, you're consuming poison.

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The challenge involves people, mostly teenagers, eating the laundry capsules on video for others to see on social media. Make as many memes about eating Tide Pods as your heart desires. This tweet received over 25,000 likes. Both YouTube and Facebook have been working to take down the videos.

YouTube and Facebook, which this week testified on Capitol Hill about steps they're taking to detect and remove extremist content on their sites, are also removing videos related to the viral Tide Pod Challenge. There are Tide Pod recipes, Tide Pod PSAs.

In the same year, 220 teenagers were also exposed but 25 per cent of these cases were intentional. About half of them were intentionally ingested. Then there's just plain stupid content.

But the trend that reportedly led to stores locking up their Tide Pods shows no signs of dying. "They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke". If you're unclear what a Tide Pod is, rest assured it was never meant to be edible. In July 2017, they posted a satirical news article about a new sour apple flavored Tide POD. "Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA", the company wrote on its website.

If a product gets in the eye, rinse immediately with plenty of water for 15 minutes and seek medical advice as needed. Coma and seizures were among the most serious complications. "(Seriously. They're Poison.)" garnered over 3 million views.

Health Canada, which has been warning parents and caregivers about the dangers of detergent packs since 2013, said it has used social media to discourage the practice.

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