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TikTok will now warn teens about the dangerous viral challenges they’re looking for

TIKTOK has started displaying a new warning message to prevent teenagers from trying dangerous viral challenges.

The popular video-sharing site will alert users whenever they look for known harmful challenges, such as the life-threatening blackout challenge.

Children are warned to think about dangerous challenges

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Children are warned to think about dangerous challengesCredit: SOPA/LightRocket Image via Gett

To help kids think for themselves, advice on how to spot harmful challenges and hoaxes will now appear instead of a blank page for prohibited searches.

Speaking exclusively to The Sun, Alexandra Evans, Head of Safety Public Policy for Europe at TikTok, said: “Now, if you’re a teenager and you’ve read about an online challenge or you’re talking. with his friends about it and you are curiously looking.

“Of course we still don’t return results but now you have to see the stop, think, decide and act.

“Our community guidelines are really clear that we don’t allow dangerous online challenges on the platform.”

But with more and more trends emerging, this problem is difficult for TikTok to keep up.

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It is illegal to use and sell in the UK as it has not been cleared by the Government’s Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

TikTok’s guidelines do not allow the depiction, promotion, or sale of controlled substances, including unlicensed drugs such as Melanotan.

“We’re always working to improve detection [trends] Miss Evans said.

TikTok’s latest effort builds on plans announced in November, when it launched a hub to support online challenges.

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Pressure is growing on companies, with plans for new legislation in the UK to make them more accountable for what they store.

TikTok recently updated its rules to combat dangerous viral challenges

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TikTok recently updated its rules to combat dangerous viral challengesCredit: Getty

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