July 8, 2022 — The parents of an 8-year-old girl from Texas who died while attempting the “Blackout Challenge” have filed a lawsuit against TikTok.
TikTok is a video-sharing social media app that has exploded in popularity among children and teenagers.
Unfortunately, TikTok is known for promoting dangerous challenge videos, including the “Blackout Challenge,” which encourages kids to choke themselves until they pass out.
Last year, at least 7 children died while attempting the “Blackout Challenge,” according to a recent lawsuit filed by the angry parents of two girls who died after TikTok showed them dangerous videos.
One of those girls, 8-year-old Lalani Erika Walton of Temple, Texas, became obsessed with TikTok after receiving a phone for her 8th birthday.
On the afternoon of July 15, 2021, after watching TikTok videos, she was found hanging from her bed with a rope around her neck. The Clarksville police determined that she died from self-asphyxiation after attempting TikTok’s “Blackout Challenge.”
The lawsuit claims that TikTok profits by addicting children to social media, failing to verify ages of its users, and allowing children to view dangerous “challenge” videos.
The TikTok Lawsuit was filed on June 30, 2022 against TikTok Inc. and ByteDance Inc. in The Superior Court of California (Los Angeles County) — Case Number 22STCV21355.
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