Tic knock is facing multiple lawsuits from parents who claimed their children died from strangulation during the “blackout challenge” attempt. The most recent lawsuit was filed by the eight-year-old’s parents Lalani Walton and Nine-year-old Arriani Arroyo. Tawainna Andersonthe mother of the 10-year-old girl from Pennsylvania Nylah Andersonhe also sued TikTok, arguing that the app “pushed extremely and unacceptably dangerous challenges.”

How many children would have died as a result of the “blackout challenge”

Reports state that 7 children have died as a result of this TikTok challenge so far. A 10-year-old boy in Italy died in January 2021; a 12-year-old in Colorado, United States, died in March 2021; a 14-year-old in Australia who died in June 2021; a 12-year-old in Oklahoma who died in July 2021 and another 10-year-old in Pennsylvania who died in December 2021, according to multiple reports.

What is the “blackout challenge” on TikTok
The ‘blackout challenge‘on TikTok encourages users to “suffocate themselves with belts, purse laces or the like until they pass out”. Another form of this challenge asks users to hold their breath until they pass out.

What the lawsuit claims
Some lawsuits claim the kids weren’t looking for challenges when they saw the videos. Instead “TikTok puts it right in front of them on the app’s main screen, the For You page.” The lawsuit, according to a report in The Verge, accuses the company of having “specifically curated and determined that these Blackout Challenge videos – videos with users purposely strangling themselves to the point of unconsciousness – are appropriate and suitable for young children.” . It presents strict liability claims based on TikTok’s inability to provide adequate warnings to underage users and their parents that TikTok is addictive and directs vulnerable users to highly dangerous and harmful challenges, including but not limited to the Blackout Challenge. The Compelling Quality. of TikTok’s product and its tendency to direct young users to highly dangerous challenges is unknown to underage users and their parents. “

Not the first dangerous challenge on TikTok, the list seems to be ‘long’
This is not the only dangerous challenge that would have spread on TikTok. There are many others. Earlier this year, a 12-year-old boy was said to have suffered up to 35% burns on his body in TikTok “Fire Challenge”. The list of some similar challenges on TikTok includes Benadryl Challenge, Silhoutte Challenge, Beer-basket challenge, Cha Cha Slide Challenge, Throw it in the air challenge, Tooth file challenge, Morning after pill challenge, NyQuil Chicken trend, Milk Crate challenge and the filming of Orbeez.

From the social

What is the explanation of TikTok
A spokesperson for TikTok said the creepy “challenge”, which people seem to be learning about from sources other than TikTok, has long predated our platform and has never been a TikTok trend. “We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and will immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest condolences go out to the family for their tragic loss,” the spokesperson added.

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