TikTok’s Porcelain challenge is not real but it’s not something to joke about either

Prerna Nambiar

TikTok users have been left confused after coming across various videos talking about the “Porcelain challenge” and to add to this, there is even a fake Fox News report on the same. However, this trend is not real and nor is it something to joke about.

Social media has become a box of trends that at times can lead to something very dangerous. We have seen it happen with the blackout challenge, the Nyquil Chicken challenge, and many more.

Now, people have been talking about the Porcelain challenge which has swept TikTok.

TikTok’s Porcelain challenge is not real

The whole idea of the Porcelain challenge started after TikTok user Sebastian Durfee, who goes by the username @childprogeny, created a video about making everyone believe the trend is real.

The caption for his video reads: “Help me make videos with the hashtag #porcelainchallenge to freak out the boomers.”

In the video, he says: “Do you think if we plan it together to boomers to freak out about a fake TikTok challenge and what if we call it the Porcelain challenge and we say like “Oh, Gen Z is like grinding up their parent’s china into a fine powder and snorting it.”

The idea behind the whole challenge is to reference it enough to make everyone believe that it is real.

There is even a fake Fox News video

Going a step further to make everyone believe this challenge is real, there is even a fake Fox News report video created by the influencer.

The fake headline reads: “What’s the Porcelain challenge? A new TikTok trend encourages teenagers to snort powder chinaware.”

At the same time, there are videos with the hashtags being uploaded by others which have now made this whole thing a trend.

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Trends can be dangerous and it is NOT something to joke about

As entertaining as it sounds to make people believe something that is not real, sometimes, it can lead to dangerous things.

Let us rewind your memory back to the Nyquil Chicken challenge which started as a meme back in 2017. While people made a joke about it at first, a couple of years later someone decided to turn the whole trend into reality when they carried out the process of dipping chicken into Nyquil for a YouTube video.

Fast forward to 2022, FDA had to issue a statement warning people about the dangers of this trend because people decided to consume it in real. The reactions to their statement had many people confused as they were finding it hard to imagine that someone had taken a meme seriously.

Given that TikTok is a platform where children as young as 13 years old consume content it becomes hard to differentiate between what’s real and what’s not. While it might seem like a joke for a few it could lead to something dangerous in no time.

Not all of TikTok’s challenges are bad though, with viral sensations such as the two towel challenge offering a fun, safe challenge for everyone. Just be sure to stay away from the challenges that clearly aren’t safe.

How to report videos on TikTok

If you come across videos encouraging the Porcelain challenge, we urge you to report them immediately. To do so, follow the steps mentioned below:

  1. Click on the share symbol (which appears as an arrow) on the right.
  2. Click on “report” from the list that appears
  3. Select “dangerous acts and challenges”
  4. Click on “Submit”