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TikTok sued by mom over ‘blackout challenge’ after 10-year-old child dies

A Pennsylvania mother is suing popular social media platform TikTok after the death of her 10-year-old daughter, who allegedly attempted a viral challenge on the app.

TikTok is home to a comprehensive list of challenges and trends. It wasn’t long ago that the app had everyone trying recipes for baked feta pasta or even trying viral weight loss “hacks.”

However, some of these challenges can be dangerous. TikTok notably removed all Milk Crate Challenge videos last year after doctors reported numerous injuries due to the precarious trend.

Now another major challenge for the app is under review…this time due to the death of a 10-year-old child.

Mom sues Tiktok over blackout challenge
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TikTok is being hit with a lawsuit after a 10-year-old child allegedly died after trying out the “Black Out Challenge” reportedly popular on the app.

Mom sues TikTok after 10-year-old daughter’s death

Tawainna Anderson is hitting TikTok with a lawsuit following the death of her 10-year-old daughter Nylah, who died in December 2021 after allegedly attempting the “blackout challenge.”

The Blackout Challenge requires participants to hold their breath for as long as possible before passing out.

Anderson accuses TikTok of having a “flawed design”. alleged with the lawsuit “The viral and deadly TikTok Blackout Challenge was demonstrated to Nylah on her TikTok For You Page (“FYP”) as a result of the TikTok algorithm.”

“The TikTok Defendants’ algorithm determined that the deadly blackout challenge was well tailored and likely of interest to 10-year-old Nylah Anderson, and she died as a result,” it said.

Family warns of dangerous Tiktok blackout challenge
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Nylah Anderson, 10, died after reportedly attempting the Blackout Challenge.

While TikTok has not commented on this latest lawsuit, it did issue a statement on the trend in the past following news of Nylah’s death last year.

“This troubling ‘challenge,’ which people seem to be learning about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and was never a TikTok trend,” a spokesperson said.

“We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would remove appropriate content immediately if found. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family for their tragic loss.”

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