12 years-old Archie Battersbee became another victim of the TikTok blackout challenge. Battersbee’s mother found her son unconscious after he took part in the dangerous challenge. Archie, who was on life support since April, recently died.

12-Year-Old on Life Support Dies After Attempting TikTok Blackout Challenge

Archie’s parents, like many others, filed a lawsuit against TikTok for their negligent business practices which put children in harm’s way. The platform, owned by Bytedance, is not stranger to lawsuits from parents who have had children die after attempting the challenge.

The TikTok challenge encourages users to strangle themselves until they pass out

One lawsuit against the video-sharing app alleges that:

TikTok has a duty to monitor the videos and challenges shared, posted, and or circulated on its app and platform to ensure that dangerous and deadly videos and challenges were not posted, shared, circulated, recommended, and or encouraged.


Two former TikTok moderators are suing the video sharing app after claiming they experienced emotional trauma after seeing highly toxic and extremely disturbing videos every day.

TikTok moderators review videos posted on the app and determine if they break any of the site’s content rules and guidelines.

We would see death and graphic, graphic pornography. I would see nude underage children every day. I would see people get shot in the face, and another video of a kid getting beaten made me cry for two hours straight.

Ashley Velez
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