YouTube accused of promoting dangerous behavior

YouTube has been accused of promoting dangerous behavior by allowing vlogs that glamorize dangerous stunts posted by urban explorers. The article which appeared in today's Daily Mail in the UK focused on the death of 19 year old Thomas Rhodes, of Leicestershire County, who died last year when he fell from his death from an abandoned hotel.

Hallam Tower, where he fell, was a popular destination for urban explorers. A quick search on You Tube revealed its popularity among established urban explorers as well as very young adolescents. The hotel has since been destroyed but the question has been raised. Is YouTube promoting dangerous behavior? Several videos are mentioned in the article that depict explorations at locations where accidental deaths of other explorers have occurred.


Is Social Media sources, like YouTube, driving explorers to do dangerous things in the name of popularity and a "Thumbs-up"? What do you think?

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