The mother of a 10-year-old girl who died after trying to challenge a viral social media has taken legal action against him. Tick tock And its parent company, ByteDance.
According to court documents People, Tawainna AndersonHis daughter Nyla Anderson Die after taking part in the “Blackout Challenge” which dangerously encourages social media users to take a break until they recover from a lack of oxygen. The mother finds out that Nyla died in December and rushed her to the hospital. However, five days later the baby died of his injuries. Incredibly devastating.
Now, Tawainna filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on Thursday for multiple damages, including unjust death and negligence. He claims that Nyla faced a challenge while scrolling through the popular social media platform “For You Page” – which uses an algorithm to show people specific content based on their interests. The lawsuit states:
“The TikTok defendants’ algorithm determined that the deadly blackout challenge was well-crafted and was probably of interest to 10-year-old Nyla Anderson, who died as a result.”
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It further alleged that the TikTok app had both “constructive and actual knowledge” of the algorithm, “showing dangerous videos to users, including children, and encouraging users of the app and algorithm to engage in risky and hazardous activity” that could result in harm or death. Tawainna Dox further reveals that Nailah was “an active, happy, healthy and incredibly intelligent child” who spoke three languages.
This is not the first time that a small child has died from play. In 2021, at least three more children- Joshua Highlyssus, Robert CraigAnd Lateerius Smith Jr. – Died while trying to make a life-threatening challenge. Terrible, terrifying.
In response to the lawsuit, TikTok representatives stated that they were “cautious” about removing any unsafe content for users:
“This annoying ‘challenge’, which people seem to be learning from sources other than TikTok, has existed long before our platform and it has never been a TikTok trend. We are aware of our commitment to user safety and will remove relevant content immediately if found. We extend our deepest condolences to the family for their tragic loss. “
Our hearts go out to Tawainna because he continues to mourn her loss. What are your thoughts on the lawsuit? Let us know in the comments.
[Image via TikTok, 6abc Philadelphia/YouTube]