YouTube is taking down videos of people eating Tide pods

Pablo Tucker
January 18, 2018

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's meant to encourage risky activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm", a Google spokesperson said in a statement this week. Use Tide Pods for washing.

YouTube is being forced to clamp down on Tide Pod videos because so many people are uploading videos of them eating the small packets of poison.

In 2012, Procter & Gamble released Tide Pod laundry detergent packs and soon after, reports revealed an increase in calls to poison control centres because thousands of children were consuming the product due to their sweet-like appearance.

But here's the kicker: the joke of eating Tide PODs has been around longer than most people have realized.

The streaming site said it will remove any of those videos when they are flagged.

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

More recently, YouTube has become the online venue of choice for teens putting Tide Pods in their mouth, even cooking with them.

Today YouTube said it was working to quickly remove Tide Pod videos as they encouraged risky behaviour with an "inherent risk of physical harm".

"What should Tide PODs be used for?"

While most people wouldn't consume something created to wash clothes, the trend has been attributed to a high number of poisonings in the U.S. this year.

Swallowing Tide pods were related to 91% of these, according to the the AAPCC.

Persons who suspect someone they know has ingested chemicals from a detergent pod may reach the American Association of Poison Control Centers (aka the poison control center hotline) at 1-800-222-1222 and/or take the exposed person to the emergency room immediately. She said: "This is what started out as a joke on the internet and now it's just gone too far".

"Laundry pacs are made to clean clothes". It includes tips on storing them so that children can not get them, disposing of the product, and using the Child-Guard packages.

In the seven-minute video, Const. Robb Hartlen reminds people that a banana and Timbit are safe to eat, but that a Tide pod or Timbit package are not. Dares to eat laundry pods followed on Reddit and Twitter.

While no deaths are reported in the state, consuming the colorful fluid can cause serious health issues.

Alfred Aleguas, Managing Director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa said that eating Tide Pods was "pretty foolish behaviour".

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