Skull Breaker, viral challenge in TikTok

Turkish government warns against a dangerous viral challenge on TikTok

The so-called “game” of the Skull Breaker, which has become very popular through TikTok, can cause brain injuries and even death, the Turkish Health Minister has warned.

A new and dangerous viral challenge that has become popular through the well-known video platform TikTok has sparked the concern of parents and authorities in Turkey, where it is feared that it may cause serious injury and even death among young people.

The challenge, whose origin is not clear and is popularly known as “Skull Breaker“, has become a dangerous “fashion” among many young people; it requires the participation of three people, two located on the sides that now the trick, and a third that is placed in the middle; then they jump, and when the third one is in the air falls backwards and hits in the head, which can cause serious injury or death.

Fearing the repercussions of this dangerous and badly called “game,” Turkish Education Minister Ziya Selçuk added this week to the voices of governments of other countries who have warned about the serious risks of this practice: “There is a game that it is spreading among young people, where three people jump together and two trip up the one in the middle to make him fall,” the minister wrote in his Twitter account.

“We have appealed to our schools, but we must explain to young people that this cannot be a game or a joke, it can cause brain damage,” said Selçuk. There is a real danger that the practice will become popular in Turkey, a country with a very young population that has the highest number of Internet users in all of Europe and where TikTok was the most downloaded app of 2019, with about 30 million Turkish users .

TikTok on the other hand has responded to the social alarm unleashed by this dangerous viral challenge by ensuring that it will not allow these types of videos to be published on the platform: “We do not allow content that encourages, promotes or glorifies dangerous challenges that may cause injuries. We will eliminate any similar content that is notified,” it said in a statement.