and the parent company have been charged with negligence following the death of a 10-year-old child who allegedly tried a challenge she saw in the app. According to the wrongful death claim, Neil Anderson was found unconscious in her bedroom in Pennsylvania on December 7. She was taken to hospital but died five days later in pediatric intensive care.
Nayla Tawaina’s mother claims that her daughter has tried to cope with the “eclipse challenge”, which encourages people to hold their breath or otherwise suffocate until they faint. Niall saw a video of the For You page challenge “as a result of TikTok’s algorithm,” the suit said, according to . “The algorithm of the accused in TikTok has determined that the deadly eclipse challenge is well-coordinated and will probably be of interest to 10-year-old Niall Anderson, and she died as a result.
TikTok said in a statement that the “disturbing” blackout challenge, which people seem to be learning about from sources other than TikTok, has long preceded our platform and has never been a trend at TikTok. We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss. “
The deaths of several other children are due to the challenge. In April 2021, 12-year-old Colorado boy Joshua Haileysus died after being supported for 19 days. His family he tried the challenge. Italy last year TikTok for users who could not verify their age after the death of a girl who allegedly took the challenge.
In March, it turned out that a group of attorneys-at-law was beyond the potential harm its application could do to children and “what TikTok knew about that harm.”
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