TikTok is removing all "Milk Crate Challenge" videos from its platform amid reports of serious injuries including one woman in critical condition.
The crate challenge trend has amassed 15.3 million views on the platform. The challenge involves people climbing a crate pyramid without losing their balance and falling.
TikTok is heeding the advice of orthopedic doctors and health agencies warning of possible life-threatening injuries.
In a statement on Monday, TikTok responded to the viral craze, referring to the trend as "glorifies dangerous acts."
"TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content. 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
While the videos have been removed from TikTok, other platforms, including Instagram and Twitter, have allowed the videos.
The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) responded to Conan O'Brien's tweet asking for FDA approval before he tries the viral trend.
Waiting for FDA approval before I take the Milk Crate Challenge.
— Conan O'Brien (@ConanOBrien) August 23, 2021
The FDA tweeted:
"Although we regulate milk, we can't recommend you try that. Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?"
Although we regulate milk, we can't recommend you try that. Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?
— U.S. FDA (@US_FDA) August 23, 2021
The Louisiana Health Department told WVLA that hospitals are filled with Covid-19 patients.
"Our hospitals are filled with COVID-19 patients, pushing staff to their limits to provide lifesaving care. Please stay safe. Your local hospital may not be able to help you if you get hurt."
The Baltimore City Health Department took a similar stance.
"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."
I know y’all don’t have poor dakota fanning playing with bed bath & beyond crates on hollywood blvd. pic.twitter.com/DVioqjICiM
— RK Jackson | Atlanta ? (@theerkj) August 24, 2021