It seems to be the norm in 2016 that YouTube pranksters take their ‘social experiments’ just one step too far. And for the infamous British pranking team TrollStation, that step has seen them in deep trouble with the law.
Whilst their channel is relatively small with only 650k subs, they have gathered over 177 million views based on their explicit and controversial take on the ‘social experiment’ style of YouTube pranks. However, two specific videos of theirs have come under fire by the Police, the BBC and eventually the British Court.
On Monday the 1st of February, the BBC aired a documentary called Inside Out that focuses on shocking stories from inside London and this week it just so happened to draw attention to TrollStation and their persistent stunts. Metropolitan Police Federation chair Ken Marsh was featured on the show and issued this warning,
“We’ve got a sense of humour as police officers. But if you want to do something which puts my officers into a position where they’re going to have to respond and you step that up to officers who carry firearms then you’re playing a very, very dangerous game.”
TrollStation’s style of prank video focuses heavily on the reaction they can gain from the general public by putting them into very intense and often emotionally-challenging situations. In fact, their videos test societal norms so much that they have even uploaded a highlight-style video of all the times the British police force have tried to stop their experiments.
This isn’t the first time TrollStation have faced the wrath of law, now that one of their founding members is currently facing jail time after pleading guilty to organising and undergoing a bomb hoax that was supposed to be a prank. He will be sentenced on the 10th of February.
TrollStation has since filmed themselves reacting to the BBC documentary in usual TS fashion, but is it possible that these YouTube pranksters have crossed the line between humour and just downright unethical behaviour?
Let us know what you think!