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TikTok sues after young girls die in ‘Blackout Challenge’

TikTok is facing wrongful death lawsuits after two young girls killed themselves while trying to recreate “Blackout Challenge” videos they saw on the platform.

Lalani Erika Walton, 8, and Arriani Jaileen Arroyo, 9, both died after hours of watching videos showing the challenge being thrown at them by TikTok’s algorithm, the suits claim, the Los Angeles Times reported .

The lawsuits were filed together in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday.

The Blackout Challenge — the latest in a series of dangerous viral fads circulating on the platform — encourages a form of self-strangulation by challenging users to see how long they can hold their breath. The game can have deadly consequences.

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

“TikTok has invested billions of dollars to intentionally design and develop its product to promote, enable and distribute content aimed at teens and children that the defendant knows is problematic and extremely harmful to their mental health are underage users,” the lawsuit states.

TikTok did not respond to The Post’s request for comment, but has in the past denied responsibility for the issue, saying “choking game” injuries to young people occurred well before the Blackout Challenge.

The Blackout Challenge is far from the first dangerous game to go viral on social media in recent years. On TikTok and other platforms, users have been encouraged to eat Tide Pods and swallow cinnamon. Other dangerous stunts were the “OrbeezChallenge”, the “Benadryl Challenge” and the “Skull Breaker Challenge”.

https://nypost.com/2022/07/02/tiktok-sued-after-young-girls-die-in-blackout-challenge/ TikTok sues after young girls die in ‘Blackout Challenge’

JACLYN DIAZ

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