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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.

"Social media superpowers like TikTok have seized the opportunity present by the 'digital Wild West' to manipulate and control the behavior of vulnerable children to maximize revenue and profits," firm partner Jeffrey Goodman wrote. "This industry has neglected its safety responsibilities for too long. It is time for social media giants like TikTok to make social media safe and protect children."

TikTok disputes that the "blackout challenge" was a TikTok "trend," saying that it did not find evidence that such content trended on the platform and that content promoting dangerous behavior would violate its community guidelines.

"This disturbing ‘challenge,’ which people seem to learn about from sources other than TikTok, long predates our platform and has never been a TikTok trend," a company spokesperson said. "We remain vigilant in our commitment to user safety and would immediately remove related content if found. Our deepest sympathies go out to the family for their...

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