Lawsuit filed against TikTok after girls die in ‘Blackout Challenge’ in US
San Francisco: Video-sharing sensation TikTok is being sued in California after
children died while taking part in a "Blackout Challenge" that makes a sport of choking oneself until passing out.
The lawsuit filed in state court in Los Angeles last week accuses TikTok software of
"intentionally and repeatedly" pushing the Blackout Challenge that led to the
deaths of an eight-year-old girl in Texas and a nine-year-old girl in Wisconsin last year.
"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."