Ban TikTok challenge
Ban TikTok challenge
Why this petition matters
I’m making this petition to ban TikTok and all the challenges. So many kids died
TikTok should be ban
How many kids allegedly died due to ‘Black-out challenge’
Reports claim 7 kids have so far died due to this TikTok challenge. A 10-year-old in Italy died in January 2021; a 12-year-old in Colorado in the US died in March 2021; a 14-year-old in Australia who died in June 2021; a 12-year-old in Oklahoma who died in July 2021 and another 10-year-old in Pennsylvania who reportedly died in December 2021, Archie Battersbee died in August 2022 according to multiple reports.
What is the ‘Black-out challenge’ on TikTok
blackout challenge’ on TikTok encourages users to "choke themselves with belts, purse strings, or anything similar until passing out." Another form of this challenge asks users to hold their breath until they pass out.
What does the lawsuit claim
Some lawsuits allege that kids were not searching for challenges when they saw the videos. Instead "TikTok put it right in front of them on the app's main screen, the For You page". The suit, as per a report in The Verge, accuses the company of having "specifically curated and determined that these Blackout Challenge videos – videos featuring users who purposefully strangulate themselves until losing consciousness – are appropriate and fitting for small children". It brings claims for "strict liability based on TikTok’s failure to provide adequate warnings to minor users and their parents that TikTok is addictive and directs vulnerable users to highly dangerous and harmful challenges including but not limited to the Blackout Challenge. The addictive quality of TikTok’s product and its tendency to direct young users to highly dangerous challenges are unknown to minor users and their parents."
Not the first dangerous challenge on TikTok, the list seems to be 'long'
This is not the only dangerous challenge that allegedly spread on TikTok. There are several others. Earlier this year, a 12-year-old boy is said to have suffered up to 35% burn injuries on his body in TikTok 'Fire Challenge'. The list of some similar challenges on TikTok include Benadryl Challenge, Silhoutte Challenge, Beer-basketball challenge, Cha Cha Slide Challenge, Throw it in the air challenge, Tooth filing challenge, Morning-after-pill challenge, NyQuil Chicken trend, Milk Crate challenge and Orbeez Shooting.