TikTok users have been getting into trouble with their content on the social platform, with some even being charged by the police or being investigated. These incidents involve trespassing, vandalism and more.
The recent trend of posting acts of vandalism on TikTok is likely inspired by the "Devious Licks" challenge, which started on 1 September 2021 after TikTok user @jugg4elias uploaded a video of himself taking a box of disposable masks out of his backpack. The video's caption says: "A month into school absolutely devious lick. Should've brought a mask."
The challenge involves participants showing off items that they stole from school campuses.
Various users followed suit and posted videos revealing stolen school property such as lockers, bathroom sinks and water coolers on U.S. campuses. This resulted in some schools locking bathrooms and locker rooms to prevent further damage.
TikTok removed videos of the trend and banned the "deviouslicks" hashtag but as of writing, there is still content on the platform that depicts users showing off items they stole from school.
In Singapore, two boys have been suspected of vandalism. Along with that, here are some of the recent TikTok "fails" in the country.
1. Boy Allegedly Steals MRT Station Sign
A teenager in Singapore is being investigated over alleged vandalism of government property, which is believed to be connected to the "Devious Licks" challenge on TikTok.
A 15-year-old boy was suspected of removing a government sign, with him posting on social media a picture of himself holding a Kaki Bukit MRT station sign.
2. Teen Returns NEA Sign After Using It For TikTok
A similar incident occurred with a 14-year-old boy, who was seen in a TikTok video of himself holding a National Environment Agency (NEA) sign. After the video was filmed, the NEA sign was returned to where it was originally placed in Jalan Songket in Hougang. The boy is under investigation as well.
3. Teen Charged For Trespassing Rhinoceros Enclosure
A few months ago, a teenager who was seen in a TikTok video doing a backflip in the rhinoceros enclosure at the Singapore Zoo in 2020 was charged with criminal trespass, vandalism and mischief.
4. Woman Rides Dinosaur At Changi Jurassic Mile
Another Singaporean TikTok user exhibited improper behaviour as she posted a video of herself riding a dinosaur at Changi Jurassic Mile just days after the outdoor display opened in October 2020. Netizens lamented her actions and some were able to spot that the dinosaur lost some of its teeth due to vandalism. However, it has not been confirmed that the woman is responsible for the missing teeth.
When asked about the incident, a spokesperson from Changi Airport Group said that signs will be posted to establish proper decorum.
"We will be adding cautionary signs along Changi Jurassic Mile to remind visitors not to climb on the exhibits. There are also surveillance cameras in place to monitor movements along the path."
After the incident, a sign was posted behind the dinosaur exhibit that reads: "I don't bite! Don't pull my teeth!"
TikTok's Community Guidelines state that the platform can take down content that shows, promotes or facilitates criminal activity. More information about TikTok's rules can be found here.
Written by Sophia Lopez
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