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Pennsylvania family of girl who died trying social media challenge sues TikTok
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The family of a child killed attempting a social media challenge has filed a wrongful death suit against TikTok.
Nylah Anderson, 10, died in December while attempting the "blackout challenge" on social media app TikTok, according to Fox 29 Philadelphia. The challenge, which has existed in one form or another for years, is to choke oneself long enough to lose consciousness.
"Today, Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C. filed a landmark federal complaint against TikTok and Bytedance for providing 10-year-old Nylah Anderson a targeted, deadly ‘blackout challenge’ choking video that allegedly caused her death," the law firm representing the family wrote.
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SMB is filing the suit on behalf of Naylah's mother, Tawainna Anderson. The suit alleges fatal negligence from TikTok due to a lack of content screening and ease of access for young viewers.