According to recent reports, Epilepsy Action charity organization forces Twitter to remove flashy images on accounts that the Vine ad might have harmed patients. The social network, on the other hand, quickly took notice of the organizations’ request and removed the spot from their online platform.
Epilepsy Action, a charity organization, which was founded in the UK in 1950, was highly offended by the recent Vine ad that Twitter uploaded on their social media channel. The non-profit organization posted a tweet under the hashtag #DiscoverMusic Vines saying that the recent video is too colorful and it could, therefore, affect people with photosensitive epilepsy.
Twitter immediately responded to their request by removing the flashy video. The social network has, thus, proven that they did not mean to cause any problems to epilepsy patients; they were just not aware of the negative consequences that the video could have implied.
According to Epilepsy Action, the Vine video presented a series of flickering colors all throughout the six seconds of the video. The charity organization further stated that the footage was incredibly dangerous because epilepsy seizures usually take less than six seconds to settle in.
Previous cases of photosensitive epilepsy seizures prove that flashy web content can be very risky. In 1997, the Japanese Pokemon series caused many people to go into epilepsy seizures after being exposed to red strobe lights for several seconds.
A more recent example is related to a 2012 episode when numerous people reported epilepsy seizures after viewing an Olympics TV spot. The complaints forced the company to re-edit the images and remove the dangerous content.
Epilepsy Action told the press that many more people get diagnosed with this particular disease each day. According to their statistics the number of people getting diagnosed with photosensitive epilepsy amounts to 80 individuals per day.
As a consequence, online platforms and television producers should pay attention to the footage they broadcast as seizures can happen all the time.
Mayo Clinic, an American-based medical institution, conducted a recent research saying that one in 26 individuals on the territory of the United States could develop this affection.
Photosensitive epilepsy seizures take place when the functioning of the nerve cells is usually disturbed by flashing lights and unusual light sequences.
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