A new trend going viral on social media has the internet in stitches as people lock children in a room as they play a sound clip of creepy laughter.
The original sound was uploaded by a person under the username @solehudin1294, and the scary audio clip has been used in nearly 80,000 videos.
The most popular videos have millions of views and likes, including one uploaded by @fctorreb. Within two days, the video has gained over 1 million likes and 4.8 million views.
Newsweek reached out to @fctorreb for comment.
In the viral trend, people lock their children, siblings or kids they babysit in a room with the sound playing. While most run away from the door screaming and crying, others do the complete opposite.
Many users of TikTok find the videos hilarious.
“I cant [wait] do this to my children,” one user commented.
“that was sooo mean… do it again,” exclaimed another.
“I swear this trend is better with 2 little siblings or twins,” a Tiktok user said.
Another wrote, “[That’s] so mean now i wanna do it.”
“All these kids bouta share this same experience,” one pointed out.
“Parents traumatizing their kids for a tiktok…. Me, Im the parent,” another laughed.
One wrote, “I still don’t understand why they get so scared it’s hilarious.”
A user commented, “I shouldn’t be laughing.”
“I can’t wait to be a mom,” commented another.
“KEEP THIS TREND GOING,” one TikTok user exclaimed.
“I love this trend so much,” another user echoed.
One user shared a similar experience to the trend, “my cousins did this to me when i was like 8 after we watched the grudge. core memory [for real].”
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