Tide Pod challenge takes social media
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The Tide Pod challenge is new trend with deadly results when people consume the laundry capsules. With the help of social media it is gaining popularity among teens and young adults.
“I have actually licked a Tide Pod before,” said senior Mariah Ferro.
But Ferro has not actually eaten one. Neither has senior Kyle Price.
“It’s stupid. I don’t even know why it’s called a challenge,” said Price.
In 2012, Proctor & Gamble released Tide Pods to make washing clothes easier for people. Despite warning labels, poison control saw an increase of consumption of the poisonous squares.
In January, following the meme’s surge in popularity, media publications started reporting about teenagers participating in the Tide Pod Challenge. Some incidents of the challenge includes people cooking or just biting into the pods.
“I think that is so dumb, like people are eating soap you can real deal get killed by that,” said senior Zarious Bell.
The Tide Pod challenge has caused at least 10 deaths, according to CBSNEWS, but people continue to post content online involving the pods.
Recently, YouTube started deleting videos of people biting into the capsules, as a way to prevent younger kids from seeing the challenge and attempting it themselves.
“YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm,” said a Google spokesperson, about the challenge videos.
(REDANDBLACK DOES NOT CONDONE CONSUMPTION OF TIDE PODS)