What happened now? Families of several children who died trying to take part in a dangerous TikTok challenge are suing the company and its parent, ByteDance, after the app allegedly recommended videos of the “blackout” chokehold challenge to minors who were ten years old. age or younger.

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The TikTok Blackout Challenge, also known as the swoon game, choke game, or speed sleep game, follows a long-standing trend of viral testing on the social media platform that can result in serious injury or death. In this case, users try to suffocate by sometimes pressing their palms against their necks until they pass out.

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As informed The Los Angeles Times, lawsuits filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court on Friday, alleges that Erica Walton, 8, and Arriani Jaylin Arroyo, 9, both took part in the blackout challenge after the TikTok algorithm recommended videos of others people involved in this trend.

Walton from Texas has long hoped to become “TikTok famous”. The costume states that she was found “hanging on a bed with a rope around her neck” after re-watching videos of the darkened trials.

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Arroyo, from Milwaukee, was found hanged on a leash from her family dog ​​in her bedroom. She was hospitalized and put on a ventilator, but her brain lost all function and she was eventually taken off life support.

“TikTok has invested billions of dollars in the deliberate design and development of its product to encourage, provide and promote content for teens and children that the defendant is aware of causes problems and causes great harm to the mental health of its underage users,” the lawsuit says.

The couple are not the first children to have allegedly died while trying to defy the blackout. The mother of ten-year-old Naila Anderson is suing TikTok and ByteDance after her daughter died five days after she suffocated in December. The lawsuit alleged that Nailah was watching a video of the challenge detected by the algorithm.

There have been reports of other children aged between 10 and 14 who have also died participating in the Blackout.

Issues like these are not a new social media phenomenon. TikTok users are currently injuring themselves by participating in a milk crate challenge that involves climbing on loose crates. Was also Benadryl Challengewhen people drink enough medication to cause hallucinations; aptly named call broken skull; in salt and ice test when participants pour salt on their body, usually on their hand, and then put ice on the salt; inspired by Drake Kiki challenge; and notorious Tidal capsule test associated with at least ten deaths.

TikTok recently made headlines after FCC commissioner urged Google and Apple ban the app in your stores due to concerns that user data was exposed to Chinese employees. In response, he sent American legislators letter explaining how the company will store all information stored in Oracle’s US-based data centers, which will be periodically reviewed by the US security team.