Trends such as the “blackout challenge” have spread on social media apps over the past few years. That particular challenge encourages people to choke themselves until they pass out for several seconds.
In January, a 10-year-old Italian girl died while participating in the “blackout” challenge. In April, the family of schoolboy Joshua Haileyesus, 12, said he had died in hospital, three weeks after he is believed to have taken part in the same challenge.
TikTok’s guidelines prohibit “content that depicts, promotes, normalizes, or glorifies such behavior, including amateur stunts or dangerous challenges.”
A TikTok spokesperson told other outlets that dangerous challenges like the Benadryl challenge and the blackout challenge have been banned by the site.