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YouTube is removing Tide Pod Challenge videos over poisoning fears

By midian182 · 41 replies
Jan 18, 2018
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  1. Viral trends are often pretty weird, but this one manages also to be stupid and potentially dangerous. After several people filmed themselves biting into or swallowing Tide Pods, YouTube has warned that channels sharing such content will receive a strike and the videos will be removed when flagged by users.

    Eating the detergent-filled pods began as a meme based on the idea that they look like tasty fruit-flavored snacks. Their appearance is why consumers are advised to keep them away from children who might be tempted to try and eat them.

    Some YouTubers latched onto the meme, and so began the Tide Pod Challenge, a series of videos where people eat, or in some cases pretend to eat, the pods. It led to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission issuing a tweet last week asking people not to engage in the bizarre practice.

    While most people wouldn't consume something designed to wash clothes, the trend has been attributed to a high number of poisonings in the US this year. In the first 15 days of 2018, 39 teenagers contacted the American Association of Poison Control Centres (AAPCC) to report intentional poisoning. 91 percent of these cases were related to swallowing Tide Pods. There were only 39 similar cases involving teenagers in all of 2016, and 53 in 2017.

    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 AAPCC warns that swallowing them could lead to seizures, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma or, in extreme cases, even death.

    YouTube said any channel that receives a strike would have its access to the site limited for three months. Extra strikes could lead to the channel being suspended. The decision comes after Tide’s parent company, Proctor and Gamble, said it has “been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies.”

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  2. alabama man

    alabama man TS Guru Posts: 563   +355

    "The decision comes after Tide’s parent company, Proctor and Gamble, said it has “been working with leading social media networks to remove harmful content that is not consistent with their policies.”"

    Nice that you can still buy censorship. I don't like these videos but there's plenty of stuff like this on youtube that doesn't get censored, only reason they chose these videos is corporate money, they couldn't care less for the consumer.
    treetops and Theinsanegamer like this.
  3. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,669   +1,921

    well customers can't buy their product if they're dead. While I'm sure they don't care about the well being of their customers they do care about the money that customers give them.

    I say let people eat tide pods if they want to. I always say that the gene pool needs chlorine but tide pods are close enough
  4. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 320   +353

    The only reason this really blew up is because news outlets started reporting it before it was even a fad. "PARENTS BEWARE!" always triggers a knee jerk reaction. Then a bunch of morons did it for their 10 seconds of fame.

    You mean kids are doing something when adults tell them not to? Noooo...
    treetops and lostinlodos like this.
  5. Guillermo Belli

    Guillermo Belli TS Member Posts: 25   +19

    Wow, you must be really stupid to intentionally ingest detergent.
  6. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Evangelist Posts: 2,169   +1,181

    Anyone who intentionally eats a Tide Pod deserves whatever they get... As Trump would say... "Fake News"
  7. crocography

    crocography TS Enthusiast Posts: 29   +20

    And this year's Darwin Award winners are...
    Danny101 and Greg S like this.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 4,608   +3,069

    Incredible .... and I thought my kids were dumb when they were teenagers ..... sheeeezzzeeeeee
  9. ShagnWagn

    ShagnWagn TS Guru Posts: 514   +352

    What is different from all the other dangerous and life-risking things being done on the internet?? Are they going to ban everything?
  10. senketsu

    senketsu TS Guru Posts: 898   +624

    I think the guy that convinced his pregnant (with his child) girlfriend to shoot him point blank in the gut with a Desert Eagle handgun with like a phonebook or something like that, as his only protection for some YouTube views still beats the Tide Pod Challenge
    p51d007 likes this.
  11. Theinsanegamer

    Theinsanegamer TS Evangelist Posts: 1,406   +1,570

    Humanity has gotten way too good at preventing natural selection. Dont censor these videos. Let them play. Darwin is just thinning out the herd of ID10Ts. Any adult that tries this absolutely deserves whatever happens to them.

    "human people united against eating laundry pods"

    Did the USCPSC just confirm the existence of lizard men among us? were the tin foil hatters right?!?
    Danny101 likes this.
  12. Prosercunus

    Prosercunus TS Maniac Posts: 260   +106

    Being in my mid-30's I can't say kids are becoming "dumber" as I witnessed some cousins and friends do some life threatening things while I watched from afar. This measures up pretty well though and maybe the internet is making it worse due to getting instant attention while doing moronic activities.

    I can't recall anyone dabbling in poisoning themselves.
  13. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 832   +339

    Stupid people do stupid things, always have and always will. Unfortunately we have gotten really good at keeping these stupid people alive after there ideas blow up on them, and them being alive usually leads to them breading. That movie Idiocracy starting to look more and more like the future of the world in 100 years.
    Theinsanegamer and captaincranky like this.
  14. Scshadow

    Scshadow TS Evangelist Posts: 545   +191

    I prefer Downy Dipping Dots over Tide Pods. Yum.
  15. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    To hear Democrats tell the story, it happened exactly one year ago today with Donald Trump's election! :eek:

    With that said, hip-hop music was blaring at Barrack Obama's inauguration, which tended to remind me of that self same movie as well. It tends to give me pause to wonder, just how many times, "the N word", was blurted out in "jubilation". :D

    Oh well , since we've determined the end of intelligent life is at hand, there's nothing left to do but celebrate it's arrival!

    Eat up everybody, the next round of Tide Pods is on me!(y):cool:
    senketsu likes this.
  16. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,753   +1,030

    I say, REMOVE the warning labels!
    Nature thinning the heard of MORONS to save the human gene pool!
    Danny101 likes this.
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    BTW, "herd" is the proper word for a group of cattle.

    "Heard", is the past tense of the verb, "to hear".

    Care for a Tide Pod, you? :p
  18. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    I'm sensing that "Tide Pod(s)", is destined to become a long lived internet meme. (y):cool:
  19. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    My Prince, I sense this could be a meaningful way of punishing infidels in your ranks. Make examples of them. Force them to eat Tide Pods until they pass out, right in the middle of the village square.
  21. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 560   +217

    Let natural selection do it's work. Only the intelligent survives. Just like the whole hoopla over cigarettes. Any ******* should know that smoke, even if it's from spinach, doesn't play well in the lungs. The old adage of using your head for more than a hat-rack continues to apply.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    Well Danny, the only trouble with that line of reasoning is this; if everybody quit smoking, tobacco pickers would be out of work, doctors and hospitals would see a drop in revenues, and researchers in the field of cancer cures, would see a lot of their grant money dry up.

    Not to mention drug manufacturers would no longer be able to peddle "end of life drugs", at $10,000 dollars a dose.

    After all, isn't an extra week or two of a painful debilitated, worthless life, worth all your family's savings and property?
    senketsu likes this.
  23. Danny101

    Danny101 TS Guru Posts: 560   +217

  24. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,669   +1,921

    A lense was always a metaphor for punishing infadels!
  25. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 14,174   +3,477

    So then, oh light of lights, would "infadels" be a metaphor for "infidels"?

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