If you search for the “milk crate challenge” on TikTok, you will no longer find any videos after the social media app has banned the popular but dangerous trend on its platform.
The viral challenge was with people piling up walls of milk crates and walking over them, sometimes resulting in physical injury. The ban comes after warnings from doctors and concerned users.
“TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous conduct, and we are removing videos and directing searches to our community guidelines to deter such content. We encourage everyone to be careful in their behavior online or offline, ”read a statement from TikTok.
The challenge was carried out at parties, in the backyards of TikTok users, and even at gender reveal events. Most of the time, however, the person climbing the boxes is seen falling to the ground.
Several doctors and health workers expressed concern about the challenge. Charlotte Corke, a nurse in an intensive care unit in Minnesota, called it “awful and dangerous”.
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“It’s just strange. We are already seeing people dying from COVID and now I see patients in the emergency room with head injuries from this TikTok challenge, ”Corke USA told TODAY.
Dr. Rajwinder Deu, a professor of orthopedic surgery at John Hopkins University, told USA TODAY that the height and instability of the milk crates puts people at risk of serious injury.
Corke hopes the Tiktok ban will keep people from walking any further on stacked milk crates.
“The public should focus on the diseases and deaths that are largely spiraling out of control, like COVID. Don’t get hurt because they’re going viral, ”Corke said.
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