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YouTube bans ‘dangerous’ prank and challenge videos

In an update to its policies about posting prank videos, YouTube is banning users from uploading footage that tricks people into thinking they are in danger — such as fake home invasions or drive-by shootings. “We’ve made it clear that our policies prohibiting harmful and dangerous content also extend to pranks with a perceived danger of serious physical injury,” the video-sharing network announced Tuesday. “YouTube is home to many beloved viral challenges and pranks, like Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Terrible Christmas Presents’ prank or the water bottle flip challenge,” said YouTube, which is owned by Google’s parent, Alphabet. “That said, we’ve always had policies to make sure what’s funny doesn’t cross the line int ...