Friday, December 9

TikTok sued over ‘Blackout Challenge’ after kids die in Texas, WI

MILWAUKEE, Wis. — The parents of children who died last year while trying a Blackout Challenge on TikTok have sued the popular social media platform.

Arriani Jaileen Arroyo’s father, Heriberto Arroyo, found his 9-year-old daughter hanging inside their Milwaukee home in February 2021 after her younger brother reported she wasn’t moving.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in Los Angeles County Superior Court by the Social Media Victims Law Center. It makes similar claims on behalf of the mother of 8-year-old Lalani Erika Renee Walton of Temple, Texas, who says it also died by self-strangulation while trying to do the challenge last July.

The complaints contain TikTok’s algorithm continually made Blackout Challenge videos appear on the girls’ ‘for you’ pages where users see random videos they might like based on what they’ve previously watched.

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