By Amie Tsang Published 3:17 pm PST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019 Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” has spawned YouTube pranks. Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” has spawned YouTube pranks. Photo: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Photo: Saeed Adyani / Netflix Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” has spawned YouTube pranks. Sandra Bullock’s “Bird Box” has spawned YouTube pranks. Photo: Saeed Adyani / Netflix YouTube bans risky prank videos amid spate of ‘Bird Box’ challenge stunts 1 / 1 Back to Gallery Scenes of pranks ranging from silly to hazardous have long been among YouTube’s … [Read more...] about YouTube bans risky prank videos amid spate of ‘Bird Box’ challenge stunts
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Jan 16, 5:53 AM EST Newsletter Signup BusinessTechnologyWorldNationalMedia & CultureOpinionSportsLuxury World By Shubhra Shalini 01/16/19 AT 5:31 AM YouTube announced Tuesday it was making the rules against the dangerous and harmful videos posted on the platform more stringent. The move came in the wake of the Bird Box challenge, which takes its name from the Neflix film “Bird Box”— in which the characters have to remain blindfolded in order to stay alive.As part of the challenge, people go about their lives and ordinary tasks wearing blindfolds, often with terrible consequences, such as the 17-year-old girl from Layton, Utah, who tried driving a car blindfolded and ended up ramming into another vehicle and a light post.In a blog post, YouTube said, “challenges like the Tide pod challenge or the Fire challenge, that can cause death and/or have caused death in some instances, have no place on YouTube. We’ve made it … [Read more...] about Bird Box Challenge Leads YouTube To Strengthen Policy Against Dangerous Videos
Kristine Phillips, The Washington Post Published 12:38 pm PST, Saturday, January 12, 2019 A teenager from Utah decided to cover her eyes and drive a pickup truck - the latest, police say, in yet another online craze that seems to inspire reckless behavior. The 17-year-old girl, whom police did not name, crashed into another car. "Predictable result," the Layton Police Department, located just north of Salt Lake City, wrote in a tweet. Police say the stunt was inspired by the movie "Bird Box," the apocalyptic Sandra Bullock thriller about a mysterious force that drives anyone who looks at it into suicidal and homicidal rage. In the movie, the unknown killer has decimated much of the population, and Bullock, while blindfolded, must navigate a treacherous river to take herself and her two children, whom she named Boy and Girl, to a sanctuary for survivors. The film has become a hit, with more than 45 million Netflix subscribers watching it within the first week of its … [Read more...] about Driving blindfolded for the ‘Bird Box challenge’? Just don’t, officials say.
POLICE in Utah have issued a warning not to drive blindfolded after a woman crashed her car doing an online challenge inspired by the horror flick Bird Box. A teenage driver put her beanie hat over her eyes and drove into oncoming traffic in Layton while taking part in what is known as the Bird Box Challenge. After pulling down her hat, the grey truck she was driving crossed lanes and hit a white SUV and crashed into a lamp post. The warning from cops comes after Netflix issued a similar warning not to try the challenge. Lt Travis Lyman said: "It's just inexcusable to do something as dangerous as this, not only to yourself but everyone else on the road.” He added: “Apparently, as a part of this ‘Bird Box Challenge,’ (the driver) used her beanie to pull over her eyes as she was driving on Layton Parkway, and she ended up losing control of her car and skidded into the westbound lanes of Layton Parkway and hit another car and ended up hitting a light pole as … [Read more...] about Bird Box Challenge warning as woman crashes car while wearing a blindfold and driving into oncoming traffic
Netflix is warning fans about the risks of a new social media challenge inspired by its hit movie "Bird Box." Netflix tweeted in all caps: "PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don't know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes." The R-rated film stars Sandra Bullock, who plays a mother fleeing from a sinister force that turns anyone who sees it suicidal. She and her children don blindfolds to make their escape. Last week, Netflix bragged "Bird Box" was one of its most popular films ever. But now that fans are going to dangerous lengths to parody this make-believe thriller, the company is urging them to keep their eyes open to the very real risks. Blindfolded copycats have now popped up on social media, reports CBS News correspondent Jamie Yuccas. While many stunts appear to have been done for laughs, others carry a little more risk. One woman nearly … [Read more...] about “Bird Box” Challenge: Blindfolded copycats post risky stunts inspired by Netflix movie