The challenges of TikTok have always been in the spotlight, since many of these “challenges” they entail physical dangers for those who carry them out, which of course includes minors who arrive through the algorithm.
One of the latest is the “Blackout Challenge.” A lawsuit filed against the company in June alleges that at least seven specific children died last year while attempting the challenge, which the complaint says “encourages users to choke on belts, purse strings, or anything similar until they pass out.” All the children who would have died were under 15 years of age.
The most recent lawsuit was filed in the United States by the parents of eight-year-old Lalani Walton and nine-year-old Arriani Arroyo. But they are added to the cases of:
- A 10-year-old boy in Italy who reportedly died in January 2021
- A 12-year-old boy in Colorado who reportedly died in March 2021
- A 14-year-old in Australia who reportedly died in June 2021
- A 12-year-old boy in Oklahoma who reportedly died in July 2021
- A 10-year-old boy in Pennsylvania who reportedly died in December 2021
In response to that demand, TikTok he told Washington Post that had blocked users from they will not look the blackout challenge; instead, users see one of its warning screens, saying that “some online challenges may be dangerous, disturbing, or even fabricated,” and link to a page in the app about it. assessment of challenges and caveats.
The lawsuit accuses the company of having “curated and specifically determined that these Blackout Challenge videos, videos featuring users purposefully choking themselves unconscious, are appropriate and appropriate for young children.”
Smith and Arroyo’s lawsuit argues that because TikTok advertises and powers some challenges, it has a “duty to monitor videos and challenges shared, posted, and/or circulated on its app and platform to ensure that dangerous and deadly videos and challenges not be published, shared, circulated, recommended and / or encouraged.