Jake Paul's Bird Box challenge video has been removed from YouTube

9 January 2019, 12:16 | Updated: 9 January 2019, 12:32

Jake Paul Bird Box Challenge
Jake Paul Bird Box Challenge. Picture: Jake Paul

By Woodrow Whyte

Well that was dumb.

Jake Paul's Bird Box challenge video, in which he drove blindfolded and walked into traffic, has been deleted after a huge backlash online and for seemingly violating YouTube's community guidelines (it is not immediately clear if he deleted it himself or if it was forcibly removed).

It would seem Jake is back to his old tricks. After a short-lived redemption following the Shane Dawson's documentary series, in which defied the odds and managed to come across like an actual human being with feelings, it seems Jake wants to get back to his old life by acting like an ass in public.

For those unaware, the Bird Box challenge was inspired by the Netflix horror film starring Sandra Bullock and Sarah Paulson. In the film, characters are forced to wear blindfolds because of an entity which, if you look at it directly, will force them to kill themselves. For the challenge, people and creators on YouTube wear blindfolds and film themselves trying to do ever more outlandish things.

In Jake's video, he drives a car blindfolded (!!!) at speed and knocks over trash cans. He then disrupts a library and harasses a restaurant full of people. Half way through, however, Jake and his friend George start walking into traffic while blindfolded, resulting in cars honking their horns while they play in the middle of the road.

Jake does include disclaimers. There is a short disclaimer at the beginning of the video: “Do not try this at home—see disclaimer in description” which quickly disappears. He also verbally warns viewers not to recreate the video while doing the challenge.

There was also a warning in the description: “Please be warned (and we cannot possibly stress this enough); under no circumstances should any challenges, stunts, or pranks be attempted by any of our viewers. All challenges, stunts, and pranks are performed by trained professionals in a controlled environment with proper safety measures taken, and are for entertainment purposes only! Again, do not try this at home!”

Netflix had previously warned people about hurting themselves doing the challenge.

It seems likely that YouTube would have removed the video as it violates their community guidelines. As reported by Influencer Update, YouTube’s terms of service says it may age-restrict videos containing adults participating in activities with a high risk of injury or death, but also it will remove videos completely if "we consider [the video] encouraging dangerous or illegal activities".

Even if all the cars were in on the prank, walking into oncoming traffic in a blindfold in very irresponsible, especially considering Jake's young fan base, and could be considered to 'encourage dangerous activities'.

Jake is yet to comment on the video being removed from YouTube. We'll update this article once he does.