Due to the recent ‘Blackout Challenge’ a mother of a deceased daughter has now sued Chinese video sharing platform TikTok. Keeping our readers’ best interests in mind, we at Shikshanews won’t divulge elaborately about the Blackout Challenge. But it should be noted that the challenge is about cutting off oxygen to one’s brain and deliberately going into a state of unconsciousness.
Earlier on Thursday, the mother of Mylah Anderson – Tawainna Anderson – filed a lawsuit against TikTok. In the suit, it was revealed that Nylah was found unconscious in her Philadelphia residence on December 7, 2021. After spending five days in pediatric intensive care, the 10-year-old girl succumbed to her injuries and passed away.
According to the lawsuit, the TikTok “algorithm determined that the deadly blackout challenge was well-tailored and likely to be of interest to 10-year-old Nylah Anderson and she died as a result.” Mylah’s mother Tawainna has accused Tiktok and parent company ByteDance of negligence and having a “defective design”. She alleged that her daughter died due to asphyxiation after seeing the “Blackout Challenge” and attempting the same.
Meanwhile, TikTok in its statement had earlier said – “This disturbing challenge, which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform.”
The Facts of the Matter
TikTok is truly a breeding ground for crazy challenge and obscure trends. Billions of users put themselves in front of their screen every day to try their luck at going “viral” and getting out of the world of insignificance. This leads to some shocking challenges emerge on the platform and some equally disastrous consequences of the same.
In one such incident, a 10-year-old girl from Philadelphia reportedly tried attempting the “Blackout Challenge” and died in process. Now, the mother of the 10-year-old victim has filed a case against TikTok.
What is Blackout Challenge?
Keeping in mind the best interests of our readers, we are reserving the right to not divulge complete details on what the challenge is all about. However, in the spirit of raising awareness against the problematic challenge, we are reporting that the challenge is all about cutting off oxygen to the person’s brain and in the process, getting “blackout”.
Mother of Deceased Daughter Files Complaint Against TikTok
According to the new suit filed by the 10-year-old girl’s mother Tawainna, TikTok and its parent company Bytedance are accountable for the girl’s death. In her filed suit, Tawainna alleged that her daughter Nylah saw the video of the challenge on her “For Your Page” as a result of the company’s “algorithm”.
“The TikTok defendants’ algorithm determined that the deadly blackout challenge was well-tailored and likely to be of interest to 10-year-old Nylah Anderson, and she died as a result,” the lawsuit reads.
“Want to hold company accountable”: Bereaved Mother
Tawainna spoke in a press conference and was quoted by technology news platform Engadget saying, “I want to hold this company accountable. It is time that these dangerous challenges come to an end, that other families don’t experience the heartbreak we live every day.”
TikTok Refutes Allegations, Extends Sympathies
Meanwhile, TikTok spokesperson issued a statement after the 10-year-old’s demise and claimed that the challenge on TikTok predates the platform and “has never been a TikTok trend”. “We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their tragic loss”, the statement further read.