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TikTok sued in United State after girls die in an intentional ‘Blackout Challenge’


A Video-sharing sensation of TikTok application is being sued in California after children died while taking part in a a challenge called “Blackout Challenge” that makes a sport of choking oneself until passing out to death.

BRAZIL – 2022/07/06: In this photo illustration, a silhouetted woman holds a smartphone with the TikTok logo displayed on the screen. (Photo Illustration by Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

The lawsuit filed in state court in Los Angeles of United State a week ago accuses TikTok software of “intentionally and repeatedly” pushing the Blackout Challenge that led to the deaths of an eight-year-old girl in Texas state and a nine-year-old girl in Wisconsin state last year repeatedly without taking any measure.

“TikTok needs to be held accountable for pushing deadly content to these two young girls,” said Matthew Bergman, an attorney at the Social Media Victims Law Center, which filed the suit.

“TikTok has invested billions of dollars to intentionally design products that push dangerous content that it knows are dangerous and can result in the deaths of its users.”

– Attorney Matthew

TikTok, owned by China-based Byte Dance, did not immediately respond to a request for comment after all the occurrences.

The suit alleges that TikTok’s algorithm promoted the Blackout Challenge to each of the girls, who died from self-strangulation. Alo, it additionally listed children in Italy, Australia and elsewhere whose deaths have been linked to the TikTok Blackout Challenge not far away.

TikTok has featured and promoted an array of challenges in which users film themselves taking part in themed acts that are sometimes very dangerous, especially to the health.

The suit finally calls for a judge to order TikTok to stop hooking children via its algorithm and promoting dangerous challenges, and to pay unspecified cash damages especially for the US based children and women.

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