WHY TIKTOK SUED IN US ?
TikTok is being sued in California after children lost their lives while participating in the “Blackout Challenge,” which encourages people to choke themselves until they pass out for sharing videos
According to the lawsuit, TikTok software “intentionally and repeatedly” promoted the Blackout Challenge, which resulted in the deaths of two young girls last year: an eight-year-old in Texas and a nine-year-old in Wisconsin. The lawsuit was filed last week in state court in Los Angeles.
The Social Media Victims Law Center’s Matthew Bergman claimed vehemently that TikTok must be hold responsible for for pushing deadly content on these two young girls. He filed a lawsuit against them later on.
TikTok, owned by China-based ByteDance, did not immediately respond to a request for comment right away.
According to the lawsuit, each of the girls who died from self-strangulation—one using rope and the other a dog leash—had the Blackout Challenge advertised to them by TikTok’s algorithm.
It also included a list of kids who have passed away as a result of the TikTok Blackout Challenge, including those in Australia, Italy, and other countries.
TikTok has highlighted and encouraged a variety of challenges in which users record themselves engaging in themed activities that might occasionally be risky.
The “Skull Breaker Challenge,” in which participants jump while having their legs kicked out from under them, flips over and hits their skulls, was one of the numerous TikTok challenges mentioned in court documents.
“TikTok needs to be held accountable for pushing deadly content to these two young girls,” 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.”
The “Coronavirus Challenge” involves licking random items and surfaces in public during the pandemic, and the “Fire Challenge” involves dousing things with flammable liquid and setting them ablaze, court documents said.