In recent years, there has been a huge trend for online challenges and it's clear that some of these challenges aren't for the weak-hearted.
But one that has recently taken the internet by storm looks potentially even more dangerous than the rest - and women are warning others about people editing their silhouette challenge videos...
If there's one thing the internet loves, it's a challenge.
The idea of setting a task that few can complete (but many will enjoy watching) is something fairly unique to the online community.
And there's one area wherein these challenges typically manifest.
That's in the world of millennials.
A fairly early option was the cinnamon challenge.
In this feat, participants had to attempt to swallow a teaspoon of the potent spice without any water.
To be fair, this one was pretty funny.The challenge was essentially impossible, and so it was basically an excuse to watch people choking and coughing out plumes of powder.
But some challenges have been a little more problematic.
At the beginning of 2019, something called the "Tide Pod Challenge" started creeping up online.
It all started when people noticed something strange.
@Kevintronlol @caradelevigene @RobGronkowski Tide Pods are laundry detergent. They are made to clean clothes and nothing else.— Tide (@Tide)1516848131.0
There was something about the appearance of these laundry detergent pods which many people found gave them an odd compulsion to consume them.
Many people admitted they shared the fantasy.
It became a meme, sort of playing on our weird compulsions. But then some took it a step further.
Many began sharing viral videos of them eating the pods.
The problem? These detergent filled pouches were extremely dangerous for human consumption - even as a joke.
In fact, things (kind of) got serious.
What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else. Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our… https://t.co/X0QqVnvJCX— Tide (@Tide)1515795314.0
So it's clear these challenges aren't all fun and games.
In fact, when serious health issues could be the result, perhaps it's best to stick to eating things purely for sustenance and enjoyment?
Although you can't convince everyone.
There are many people out there vying for internet attention, and who will go to pretty bizarre lengths to get it.
Even if that means hurting others in the process.
Remember the "Skull breaker challenge?" on TikTok?
Yep - it was as treacherous as it sounds!
TikTokAnd it involved kicking inwards at an unsuspecting person as they jump up in the air so they fall onto the back of their heads.
This seemed to be the start of TikTok's most dangerous challenges.
TikTokThe trend originally started in Spain, where 2 students filmed themselves doing this "harmless" prank to another student. But since then, things have taken a cruel turn.
And this isn't the only TikTok challenge to land teens in the emergency room.
It was quickly followed by the uber dangerous "Benadryl challenge."
The challenge in question?
It involved taking an inordinate amount of the allergy medication, Benadryl.
Why, you may ask?
GettyWell, it can supposedly cause hallucinations, which teens find funny when captured on film.
But now another challenge is doing the rounds on TikTok.
And although it initially seemed positive and empowering, the internet has gone and ruined it ...
It's called the "silhouette challenge."
Women on TikTok have been dancing naked with a red filter in order to feel sexy and empowered.
But obviously, people had to ruin it.
A new trend quickly sprung up - and it's pretty horrific.
People have figured out ways to remove the red filter and show the participants' naked bodies.
And they're spreading their techniques all across the internet!
This is obviously a gross invasion of privacy.
Of course the internet would find a way to turn empowerment into exploitation!
But there is one upside.
This gross trend has brought women of the internet together.
They're sharing warning online.
Men are currently removing the vin rouge red filter from the silhouette challenge. This is readily happening across...Posted by Danyelle Thomas on Saturday, 30 January 2021
Trying to prevent the same thing happening to others.
This could be the end of the silhouette challenge.
This is why the internet can't have nice things!
There are even calls to remove the videos ...
Obviously not linking, but there are videos all over YouTube offering tutorials for how to "remove" the red filter for TikTok's Silhouette Challenge, in which women dance nude or partially nude in silhouette. This is a huge consent violation and @YouTube should remove them ASAP.— Ej Dickson (@ejdickson) February 1, 2021
As the issue of consent becomes more prominent.
It seems the internet remains a dangerous place for women.
In today's climate, it's becoming more and more difficult to protect ourselves from the dangerous online world.
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