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lunes, 16 de mayo de 2022

Mother sues TikTok after her daughter died after performing a viral challenge

The mother of a 10-year-old girl has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against TikTok and her parent company, ByteDance, after her daughter allegedly died after participating in a viral challenge in which users must hold their breath until to faint.


According to the lawsuit, filed last Thursday before the Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania, in the United States, the woman, identified as Tawainna Anderson, assures that her daughter Nylah died in December 2021 after participating in the challenge known as Blackout. Challenge, which urges users of the social network to hold their breath until they lose consciousness.





According to her testimony, the woman found her daughter unconscious in her room in Philadelphia on December 7, so she was rushed to a hospital. However, after spending days in the pediatric intensive care unit, she passed away on December 12.


 “Social media giants, like those accused of TikTok, have seized on the opportunity presented by the digital wild west to manipulate and control the behavior of vulnerable children, to maximize the attention devoted to their social media platforms and thus maximize profits. income and earnings. All while avoiding any security responsibility," the lawsuit adds.


In the lawsuit, the mother accuses the platform of negligence and marketing a defective product, as the app recommended the challenge because the algorithm "determined that the deadly Blackout Challenge would likely be of interest to 10-year-old Nylah Anderson." Notably, the TikTok interface automatically suggests videos to users as they scroll through the app's home page.


For its part, TikTok assured that the "worrying challenge" already existed before it was introduced to the platform, and stated that it has never been a trend on its social network.


“We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove any content in this regard if detected. Our deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss,” she said in a statement.


“We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove any content in this regard if detected. Our deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss,” she said in a statement.


ALSO READ: "It distracts me a lot": Judge suspends hearing for crying victim of violence So far, in addition to the little girl, at least four children have been reported who died for doing this challenge, which consists of users drowning with some item such as cables or shoelaces until they lost consciousness and then express in front of the cameras what they felt when they regained consciousness.

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