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When video pranks and viral rumours go wrong

YouTube shuts down channel over child abuse claims; WhatsApp curbs message forwarding

A YouTube channel known for its controversial content involving child abuse has been taken down again.

Before starting FamilyOFive, American couple Michael and Heather Martin were posting videos on DaddyOFive. The premise involved playing pranks on their five children.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 22, 2018, with the headline 'When video pranks and viral rumours go wrong'. Print Edition | Subscribe