Guy creates fake "porcelain challenge" on TikTok to prove a point, gets banned by TikTok

This selection of antique tableware is safe from being sucked into our sinuses for now.
A few weeks ago, the internet was buzzing with rumors that these wild and wacky TikTok kids were taking part in a viral challenge of cooking chicken in NyQuil. As it turns out, no one actually did, and an FDA warning against making this banned sleep treat was what sparked interest in the "challenge" in the first place.
To highlight how easily this type of misinformation can spread online, one TikTok user was inspired by the NyQuil chicken fiasco to come up with a fake "viral challenge" that involves smashing porcelain dishes, turning the debris into powder grind and snort lines of it on camera. He has now been banned from the platform for his efforts.
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As NBC News' Morgan Sung writes, TikTok user Sebastian Durfee (who used the term "child offspring") posted a video on Saturday in which he implied that "TikTok users are spreading a rumor that Gen Z's ancient Her parents' china would grind into a fine powder and snort like cocaine.'” He invented the hashtag #porcelainchallenge, the joke spread, and on Monday his account was banned and the videos deleted. At the time of writing, the tag has 5.4 million views.
Speaking to NBC, Durfee said he "thought it would be interesting to see if I could find the sweet spot of producing something that's obviously bogus" and can be easily traced back to its obviously joking source, while still " interesting enough, people will want to jump in and help it spread.”
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The point Durfee was trying to make, as is pretty much inevitable with anything on the internet, may be a little harder to see now that the hashtag has truly gone viral. When you watch videos associated with the tag, things that come to the surface include people reacting with disbelief that someone considered the prospect of willingly stuffing their sinuses with chunks of ground ceramic "a fun one." 'little quirky thing', and plenty of warnings about how dangerous that is. What started out as a joke is now something people think has grown into a legitimate TikTok challenge — and they're genuinely concerned.
Considering all of this, it seems like a more benign fake challenge could have been created instead. Like, we don't know, more dumbass hijinks where the most dangerous part of involvement is opening a can of beans.
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