The TikTok ‘blackout challenge’ has now allegedly killed seven kids

Sharanya Sinha
Sharanya Sinha July 8, 2022
Updated 2022/07/09 at 7:57 PM

The TikTok ‘blackout challenge’ has now allegedly killed seven kids. Numerous lawsuits have been filed against TikTok by parents whose children they claim died from strangulation while attempting the “blackout challenge” after the app showed them footage of others doing it. According to a lawsuit brought against the corporation in June, the challenge “encourages users to choke themselves with belts, purse strings, or anything similar till passing out” and at least seven particular youngsters died while doing it last year. Under 15 years old were the reported ages of all the deceased youngsters. We won’t delve into the upsetting facts of the instances, but if you want more information on some of the kids and how they ended up taking the challenge, you can read the whole complaint below. The parents of nine-year-old Arriani Arroyo and eight-year-old Lalani Walton filed the most recent case. It does, however, point to a number of other kids who also perished after taking the challenge as proof that TikTok was aware of the issue. It also mentions the following cases in addition to Walton and Arroyo:

  • An Italian 10-year-old apparently passed away in January 2021
  • Colorado 12-year-old who supposedly passed away in March 2021
  • a 14-year-old who apparently passed away in June 2021 in Australia
  • a 12-year-old who supposedly passed away in Oklahoma in July 2021
  • A 10-year-old from Pennsylvania apparently passed away in December of last year

TikTok blackout challenge said to have killed seven children

Nylah Anderson, the 10-year-mother from Pennsylvania, is suing the firm as well, claiming that the software “pushed extremely and unreasonably risky tasks.” In response to that lawsuit, TikTok informed The Washington Post that it had disabled users from looking up the blackout challenge. Instead, users are directed to one of the app’s warning screens, which states that “some online challenges can be dangerous, disturbing, or even fabricated,” and links them to a page about evaluating challenges and warnings.

For more such updates on latest news, keep reading on

Share this Article