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TikTok takes extra precautions against risky challenges

Online challenges and hoaxes are a problem for TikTok, and they are attempting to improve detection and punishment.
A TikTok-commissioned survey finds that one in five youngsters has taken part in an online challenge. A “risky and dangerous” activity, on the other hand, is just one in 50, and a “very dangerous” one in 300. Moreover In the survey, no one platform has singled out.

Assault on the ‘Skull-breaker’

The growth of potentially hazardous online challenges across numerous platforms has widely feared. The TikTok “skull-breaker” challenge caused injuries last year.

Doctors warned against the “milk-crate challenge” this year, which allowed the foolish to scale pyramids of milk crates. Additionally Experts say that online activities like the “ice bucket challenge” can help raise awareness of diseases like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Students aged 13 to 19 from seven nations have polled by TikTok. Teachers, parents, and students aged 13 to 19 have polled from seven countries. TikTok said it would broaden its technology to “catch potentially harmful behaviour” in reaction to its results.

As an example, the team would investigate if a hashtag like #foodchallenge suddenly became popular due to films that violated business policies.

As of now, TikTok removes content that “promotes or glorifies harmful conduct”.

Hoaxes about self-harm

“Adolescence has always connected with increased risk-taking,” experts said in the research. But it comes after Facebook researcher Frances Haugen released Facebook research on Instagram’s effects on teenagers’ mental health.

Suicide and self-harm hoaxes have also investigated. Momo, a frightening creature with protruding eyes, set youngsters deadly “challenges” including injuring themselves.

An expert disproved it.
But the poll shows they still effect kids.

Cautionary tales

Among those who saw a fake, 31% said it harmed their mental health. Also 63% said it harmed their physical health.

TikTok added that similar hoaxes have previously distributed misleading warnings indicating that youngsters have urged to participate in “games” that culminated in self-harm. Warning notes encouraging others to alert as many people as possible were the most common means of spreading these frauds.

As a precaution, “start deleting alarmist warnings about them, as they could injure by believing the self-harm false as true,” it warns.

Increased risk-taking

The paper also cited prior studies indicating that children’s searches for fake challenges “peaked in line with media coverage and public opinion.”

It proposed existing guidance on reporting suicide may be a basis for improving “media guidelines on risky challenges and fake challenges.”

TikTok said it sought expert assistance to improve warning labels that appear to viewers who search Tiktok for content related to dangerous challenges or hoaxes. To learn more about safety, a new prompt will be added.

Suicide and self-harm hoaxes will now be highlighted in a more prominent manner.

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