TikTok is in the news again. And it’s not for a good cause. Blackout Challenge on TikTok caused the death of young girls† The two young girls are said to have died trying to take up the challenge. This caused the families to file lawsuits against TikTok.
TikTok is known for its viral trends. Most of these trends are harmless. But apparently one of the trends caused the deaths of two young girls. TikTok hasn’t been in the news lately for all the right reasons. Even the FCC has asked Apple and Google to ban TikTok from their app stores. This led to rumors that TikTok would also be banned.
TikTok is now in trouble because of one of its challenges. Let’s see why Blackout Challenge on TikTok caused the death of young girls
TikTok sued over blackout challenge
Two young girls died after attempting a viral TikTok Blackout Challenge. Lalani Erika Renee Walton and Arriani Jaileen Arroyo were the victims who lost their lives. The families have decided to sue TikTok for promoting harmful propaganda. The families believe that the TikTok algorithm repeatedly pushed the videos onto the two girls’ feeds. This made them try to take on the challenge even more.
Lalani, age 8, has apparently tried a few times to take up the challenge. She died on July 15, 2021 as a result of attempting the Blackout Challenge, according to reports. Lalani Walton was a Texas native.
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Arriani, 9 years old, had become obsessed with the app. She loved posting dance videos on TikTok, reports say. She was found dead by her younger brother on February 26, 2021. She was found not to be breathing after attempting the blackout challenge. She was a resident of Milwaukee.
The families blame TikTok for the lack of responsibility. For the videos posted on the site and their adverse effects. TikTok spends millions of dollars to have the algorithm push videos to users. A lawsuit is being filed against TikTok to prevent further incidents. This allows TikTok to take responsibility for the damage caused by the app.
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What is the Blackout Challenge?
The viral Blackout Challenge on TikTok is quite dangerous. The challenge requires TikTokers to hold their breath until they pass out. The fainting is caused by a lack of oxygen. It is also known as the ‘choking challenge’.
TikTok is known for its infamous challenges. But while most are harmless, some are risky. Especially if it is performed by young children, without a good understanding of the fatal effects.
Now you know how Blackout Challenge on TikTok caused the death of young girls† The families are suing TikTok for the irresponsible algorithm. All this while a lack of accountability from TikTok makes things worse. The deaths of two young girls were apparently caused while trying to take on the viral challenge. We all know the adrenaline you can get with social media likes and comments.
But is it really fair to allow children as young as eight or nine to access social media unsupervised? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. Keep checking in with Path Of EX for more news and updates.