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TikTok skull-breaker challenge danger warning

BBC Technology 04 Mar 2020 06:53
By Jane Wakefield Technology reporter
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A stunt being shared on viral video platform TikTok has caused serious injury among teenagers in the UK and US.

The skull-breaker challenge involves two people kicking the legs from under a third, making them fall over.

US prosecutors have charged two youngsters with aggravated assault over the prank and warned parents to stop their children taking part.

TikTok said it would remove such content from its platform.

In an updated post to its newsroom, TikTok said: "We do not allow content that encourages or replicates dangerous challenges that might lead to injury.

"In fact, it's a violation of our community guidelines and we will continue to remove this type of content from our platform.

"Nobody wants their friends or family to get hurt filming a video or trying a stunt.

TikTok urged users to report videos containing the challenge.

In February, a UK mother, whose daughter had taken part in the challenge with two friends wrote on Facebook: "Please, please if you have teenagers doing TikToks, do not let them get involved in this.

Posted beneath the warning was a picture of her daughter taking part in the challenge alongside one of her in hospital in a neck brace.

And prosecutor Jill S Mayer urged parents to talk to their children about potential consequences of taking part in a social media challenge.

According to the Washington Post, a 13-year-old boy from Camden had been admitted to hospital after the prank.

Some TikTok users have themselves started posting videos warning the prank can cause serious injury.

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