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7 kids die after trying fatal ‘blackout challenge’ on TikTok

The infamous “blackout challenge” on the Chinese short-video making app TikTok has been linked to the deaths of at least seven children younger than 15 years old. The challenge encourages users to “choke themselves with belts, purse strings, or anything similar until passing out.” These children’s deaths have been linked to the challenge.

According to an article that was published on Thursday by The Verge, TikTok is the target of many lawsuits filed by parents who claim their children died as a result of performing the “blackout challenge.”

The parents of Lalani Walton, who was eight years old at the time, and Arriani Arroyo, who was nine years old at the time, filed the most recent case.

According to multiple reports, a child who was 10 years old and died in Italy in January 2021, a child who was 12 years old and died in the state of Colorado in the United States in March 2021, a child who was 14 years old and died in Australia in June 2021, a child who was 12 years old and died in Oklahoma in July 2021, and a child who was 10 years old and died in Pennsylvania in December 2021.

A lawsuit has been filed against TikTok by Tawainna Anderson, the mother of Nylah Anderson, a Pennsylvania child who was 10 years old at the time of the incident. The lawsuit alleges that the app “pushed extremely and unacceptably risky tasks.”

It was argued in several of the claims that the children who watched the films were not looking for a challenge.

TikTok, on the other hand, “placed it right in front of users on the app’s primary screen, the For You tab,” as the article states.

A spokesman for TikTok said that this frightening ‘challenge,’ which people seem to hear about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a trend on TikTok. People seem to learn about this ‘challenge’ from sources other than TikTok.

When we find anything that can compromise the security of our users, we take action right away. Family members are in our thoughts and prayers at this time,’ a corporate spokeswoman said.

Jonathan James
Jonathan James
I serve as a Senior Executive Journalist of The National Era
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