A mother is suing TikTok after her 10-year-old daughter died from trying a dangerous stunt called the ‘blackout challenge’ that she figured out about on the app.
In December 2021, Tawainna Anderson stated that her daughter Nylah was hurried to the hospital after attempting the challenge, which uplifted users to choke themselves until they black out.
Now, she was in the intensive care unit for many days before she died.
In her lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Anderson states her daughter heard about the challenge from TikTok,
‘for you page’ which provides users with videos based on a breakthrough.
TikTok’s “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 suit reads.
Early as she died, Nylah was “an active, happy, healthy, and incredibly intelligent child,” the suit reads. “Though only 10 years old, Nylah spoke three languages.”
According to the reports that found social media could negatively affect young children, mainly their mental health.
The legal-action names many other threatening challenges that go-rounds on TikTok, such as the “milk crate” challenge,
which had users attempting to climb flimsy pyramids of milk crates which sometimes fall down beneath them and could result in injuries.
“One of the deadliest TikTok Challenges to make its rounds on the TikTok Defendants’ app and be promoted to users by their FYP algorithm is the TikTok Blackout Challenge,
which encourages users to choke themselves with belts, purse strings, or anything similar until passing out,” the lawsuit reads.
In April 2021, the family of 12-year-old Joshua Haileyesus, from Colorado, stated he may have died because she was doing the challenge.
The family accepted he may have tried to choke himself with a shoelace, as per reports.
Anderson mentioned to CBS Philadelphia that she cannot stop redoing the day her daughter died in her head. “I want to hold this company accountable,” Anderson said.
“It is time that these dangerous challenges come to an end so that other families don’t experience the heartbreak we live with every day.”
“Our lawsuit is not about simply somebody posting the video, it’s about the actions that TikTok took to send the video to Nylah,” mentioned attorney Jeffrey Goodman, the partner at Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C.