TikTok Issues Warning Against Milk Crate Challenge
TikTok is issuing a warning regarding the Milk Crate Challenge due to growing reports of injuries sustained while participating in the viral trend.
The challenge — which sees people climbing up and down an unsecured pyramid made out of milk crates, often ending in a catastrophic fall — gained popularity on the social media platform earlier in August.
In a statement on Wednesday, a TikTok spokesperson says that the app "prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content."
"We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or of."
TikTok's statement about the Milk Crate Challenge comes as doctors and health officials are issuing warnings of their own over its potential dangers.
The Baltimore City Health Department tweeted, "With COVID-19 hospitalizations rising around the country, please check with your local hospital to see if they have a bed available for you, before attempting the #milkcratechallenge."
And some hospitals are already seeing injuries associated with the Milk Crate Challenge.
In Dallas, a woman injured herself while taking part in the risky viral trend.
An Atlanta-area medical worker saw on Sunday at least two people who had broken or fractured bones after falling off the crates.