Incident 286: TikTok’s "For You" Allegedly Pushed Fatal “Blackout” Challenge Videos to Two Young Girls

Description: TikTok’s recommendation algorithm was alleged in a lawsuit to have intentionally and repeatedly pushed videos of the “blackout” challenge onto children’s feeds, incentivizing their participation which ultimately resulted in the death of two young girls.

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Elmgren, Karson. (2021-02-26) Incident Number 286. in Lam, K. (ed.) Artificial Intelligence Incident Database. Responsible AI Collaborative.

Incident Stats

Incident ID
286
Report Count
3
Incident Date
2021-02-26
Editors
Khoa Lam

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