A 10-year-old girl has reportedly died after allegedly trying TikTok’s viral ‘Blackout Challenge” on TikTok. As per details, the girl was found dead in her washroom by her younger sister.
Initial investigation has suggested that the girl named Antonella had placed a belt around her neck to prevent herself from breathing to try the challenge. However, she ended up killing herself. When she was later taken to a hospital in Palermo, Italy, the doctors declared her brain dead.
“Blackout challenge” is also known as “pass out challenge” and “the fainting game”. In this challenge, individuals try to temporarily suffocate themselves in order to get a feeling of euphoria.
The girl’s parents said that they had no idea Antonella was participating in this game.
“We knew our daughter went on TikTok for dances and to look at videos, but could we imagine this atrocity?,” they said.
Speaking to an international publican, a TikTok spokesperson said: “The safety of the TikTok community is our absolute priority, for this motive we do not allow any content that encourages, promotes or glorifies behavior that could be dangerous.”
Italian authorities have also ordered the social media platform to block all accounts where the user’s age could not be verified.
Meanwhile, a boy in Rawalpindi also lost his life trying to shoot a stunt in front of a train for a TikTok video.
Actor, Adnan Siddiqui took to Twitter to express his sorrow over the incident.
“No number of likes or social media followers is greater than your life. Entertainment doesn’t mean putting yourself in harms way,” he wrote.
Adnan added, “Sad a young life was lost to foolishness. Others should heed this as a lesson and act wisely.”