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The Skull-breaker challenge went viral with its videos all over the social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, TikTok, YouTube and ShareChat. The government asked these social media platforms to take these videos down as the skull breaker challenge has resulted in serious head injuries among students across the globe.
The challenge was first shot on the short video app TikTok and took up as a social media challenge where three people are standing with each other, who are ready to jump into air all at once. The two people on both the sides try to kick the legs out from under the one in the middle, making him or her fall. Doctors have been warning about the challenge as the free fall can cause injuries on head or joint fractures or even break the unsuspecting person’s skull.
The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) said it in an advisory the previous week that they expect these social media platforms to take these videos down and warn the users to avoid such acts.
Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology says that the game being dangerous which would also severely impact and harm minors and it can be a public safety issue. They expect the social media platforms to remove the videos from all the social media platforms showing the skull breaker challenge or people attempting the skull breaker challenge or influencing someone to attempt the challenge when it is noticed.
They also asked these social media platforms to create awareness online about the campaign to help avoid such acts.
The challenge spread on all the other social media platforms rapidly being originated from TikTok. The users shared videos from TikTok to other platforms using the hashtag #skullbreakerchallenge. It received more than 4.8 million views on TikTok.
TikTok says that the video has been taken down by them as it violets company’s guidelines of the Information Technology Act and informs the users to not host, or display such content and create awareness about it being harmful and injurious to health.