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Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Tiktok sued after young girls die in ‘Blackout Challenge’

TikTok is facing wrongful death lawsuits after two young girls killed themselves while trying to recreate a “Blackout Challenge” video seen on stage.

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Lalani Erica Walton, 8, and Ariani Jailin Arroyo, 9, both died after watching hours of video that challenged them by TikTok’s algorithm.

The action was filed jointly in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday.

The Blackout Challenge – the latest in a series of alarming viral fads circulating on the platform – promotes a form of self-strangulation by challenging users to see how long they can go on holding their breath. The game can have fatal consequences.

Lalani was found “hanging from her bed with a rope around her neck” in her bedroom, while Ariani was found hanging from a dog leash in her basement.

The lawsuit states, “TikTok has intentionally invested billions of dollars to design and develop its product to encourage, enable, and promote content to adolescents and children, which the defendants may seek to protect against the mental health of its minor users.” problematic and highly harmful.”

TikTok did not respond to a request for comment from the Post, but has denied responsibility for the issue in the past, saying the “play of the knee” injuries to young people long predates the Blackout Challenge.

The Blackout Challenge is far from the first dangerous game to go viral on social media in recent years. Users on Tiktok and other platforms have been encouraged to eat Tide pods and consume cinnamon. Other dangerous stunts include the “Orbiz Challenge”, the “Benadryl Challenge” and the “Skull Breaker Challenge”.

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