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TikTok Lawsuit Claims 7 Kids Died from Blackout Challenge

TikTok Lawsuit Claims 7 Kids Died from Blackout Challenge

July 8, 2022 — Lawsuits claim that 7 children have died attempting the “Blackout Challenge” on TikTok, which encourages users to choke themselves until they pass out.

The most recent lawsuit was filed by the parents of two girls who died last year — 8-year-old Lalani Walton from Temple, Texas, and 9-year-old Arriani Arroyo from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The details of each case are extremely tragic.

In both cases, the girls were able to join TikTok even though they were below the 13-year-old age limit, and both of them quickly became addicted to videos that their parents thought were harmless.

Instead, lawyers allege that TikTok was aware that many dangerous challenges were being promoted to vulnerable young children.

The lawsuit also cites 5 more deaths linked to the “Blackout Challenge,” all involving children under 15 years old who watched the videos last year.

TikTok has recently prevented users from searching for the term, “Blackout Challenge,” but lawyers claim that the company has done little to stop the continued spread of dangerous challenge videos.

For example, other TikTok trends have included lighting things on fire, kicking the legs out from someone who is jumping to cause them to hit their head, or licking surfaces in public for the Coronavirus Challenge.

The TikTok Blackout Challenge Lawsuit was filed against TikTok Inc. and ByteDance Inc. in The Superior Court of California (Los Angeles County) — Case Number 22STCV21355.

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