*TikTok is responding to the #MilkCrateChallenge by removing the videos from the platform.
The “Milk Crate Challenge” has amassed more than 15.3 million views on TikTok. The latest viral craze finds people trying to walk over a pyramid of plastic crates without them toppling over. Many of the videos show users hitting the ground hard.
In response to the challenge, TikTok has joined the chorus of doctors that are warning of possible life-threatening injuries, Fox 8 reports.
“TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content,” a spokesperson for the platform told Fast Company. “We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.”
The Milk Crate challenge has made it to jail! 👀 Up and coming athlete White Boy Robert becomes the 1st man to hit the crates in prison… pic.twitter.com/InnMK85yD7
— Official Milk Crate Challenge News Source🥛 (@SirVstudios) August 23, 2021
The clips have become so popular that even the FDA responded on Twitter.
“Although we regulate milk, we can’t recommend you try that,” the FDA tweeted. “Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?”
Health departments, orthopedists and police have also chimed in on social media to condemn the #MilkCrateChallenge.
“Our hospitals are filled with COVID-19 patients, pushing staff to their limits to provide lifesaving care,” the Louisiana Department of Health said of the trend, WVLA reported. “Please stay safe. Your local hospital may not be able to help you if you get hurt.”
Milk Crate gold medalist White Mike makes his return to the arena.. becoming the 1st man to complete the challenge forwards, then BACKWARDS!!🚶♂️🥇 pic.twitter.com/P2gH6BwIhK
— Official Milk Crate Challenge News Source🥛 (@SirVstudios) August 25, 2021
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.”
“You’re at risk for falling hitting your head and getting a head bleed. You’re breaking your neck and becoming paralyzed. When you fall you’re naturally extend your arm, try to catch yourself, you can break the bones in your wrist,” said Dr. Chad Cannon, the chair of the ER at the University of Kansas Health System, WDAF reported. “I think this is just a silly thing that folks are doing because… It’s just stupid.”
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) August 26, 2021