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TikTok Sued After 10-Year-Old Dies in ‘Blackout Challenge’

  • Lawsuit says social media apps operate in ‘digital wild west’
  • Company says self-choking stunt ‘long predates our platform’
Nylah Anderson
Nylah AndersonSource: Complaint filed in US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
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TikTok Inc. was blamed in a lawsuit for the death of a 10-year-old girl who allegedly participated in an online challenge in which people choke themselves until they black out.

Nylah Anderson, an intelligent child who could speak three languages, was found unconscious in her bedroom in suburban Philadelphia on Dec. 7, according to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court. She spent five days in a pediatric intensive care unit before succumbing to her injuries.