YouTube and Facebook Removing 'Tide Pod Challenge' Videos

Tide Pods are being eaten by teens in You Tube videos because of their sweet-like appearance

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's meant to encourage unsafe activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm", a Google spokesperson told CNN.

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.

However, although there are videos showing people tasting the pods, the meme is largely ironic and created to provoke a shocked reaction from those less versed in internet humour. Videos of teenagers spitting up, coughing or vomiting have gone viral and although YouTube is trying to remove these videos, it's impossible to hide these videos from teenagers because there are always people who repost viral videos they've downloaded.

A Brooklyn pizzeria is trying to stem the tide of the unsafe "Tide pod challenge" by offering a cheesy, tongue-in-cheek alternative.

The risky social media in which teens film themselves eating Tide Pod laundry detergent capsules, has led to health officials warning against participating in the craze after a spike in ingestion cases. "Laundry packs are made to clean clothes".




Patterson said they sold more than 50 of the Tide Pod donuts Wednesday, the only day they were selling them. "I was like well you know I'm on a diet right now but you know i don't think Tide Pods got carbs in them, might as well try it".

Tide parent company Procter and Gamble also want to stop people from eating detergent. Now the government is getting involved to make the pods less attractive to children. The AAPCC warns that swallowing them could lead to seizures, pulmonary edema, respiratory arrest, coma or, in extreme cases, even death. About half of them were intentionally ingested.

Stephen Kaminski of the American Association of Poison Control Centers says, 'We have seen a large spike in single-load laundry packet exposures among teenagers since these videos have been uploaded'.

Still, Tide has repeatedly discouraged the challenge, even producing a public service announcement with New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski.

"I got up early and immediately started making them", Berthiaume, co-owner of Vinnie's Pizzeria in New York City, told As It Happens host Carol Off.

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