- TikTok is being sued for wrongful death after two girls died while trying to recreate a choking challenge.
- The lawsuit claims that the girls, aged 8 and 9, were fed videos of the challenge of the app’s algorithm.
- The choking challenge has been linked to at least 5 other deaths.
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TikTok is being sued after two young girls died in the US while trying to recreate a viral trend on the app called the “blackout challenge”.
The lawsuits claim that Lalani Erika Walton, 8, and Arriani Jaileen Arroyo, 9, died after copying the trend in which participants try to strangle themselves to unconsciousness, Los Angeles Times reported.
The wrongful deaths were filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
The case claims that the app’s algorithm recommended videos of the choking challenge to the young girls.
Walton from Texas was found “hanging from his bed with a rope around his neck” in his bedroom.
Police took Walton’s phone and tablet and later told her stepmother that she had seen blackout challenge videos “on repeat,” according to the newspaper.
Arroyo, from Milwaukee, was found “hanging on the family dog’s leash” in his basement, according to the suit.
She was taken to the hospital and put on a respirator, but had lost all brain function and was eventually taken from lifesaving, according to the trial, the LA Times reported.
They are not the first children to die while allegedly trying to participate in the challenge. Nylah Anderson, 10, died similarly while trying to copy the choking challenge, leading to her mother file a lawsuit against TikTok and its parent company ByteDance in May.
“TikTok undoubtedly knew that the deadly Blackout Challenge was spreading through their app, and that their algorithm specifically gave children the Blackout Challenge,” claims the Social Media Victims Law Center’s complaint, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The complaint adds that the company “knew or should have known that failure to take immediate and significant action to extinguish the spread of the deadly Blackout Challenge would result in more injuries and deaths, particularly among children.”
It told a TikTok spokesman Washington Post in response to the trial of Anderson’s death, that the “disturbing ‘challenge’ that people seem to be learning from sources other than TikTok has long preceded our platform and has never been a TikTok trend.”
“We remain vigilant in our commitment to user security and will immediately remove related content if found,” the spokesman said, adding that the company has blocked the hashtag #BlackoutChallenge from its search engine.
In recent years, several dangerous trends have gone viral on various social media platforms, including TikTok, such as milk crate challengeas involved people climbing on unsecured milk creates, and the “Benadryl Challenge,” as involved children taking the medication to try to hallucinate.
The infamous 2017 “Tide Pod” challenge involved young people eating detergent capsules.
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TikTok is being sued after two young American girls died while copying the ‘blackout challenge’, the report says
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