The "blackout challenge" has been around since at least 2008, according to People, but it started making the rounds on TikTok again back in 2021, and has continued to make headlines in 2023. Experts have warned young users not to try the trend, which was linked to more than 80 deaths back when it first emerged, per the CDC. In late November of 2022, a Bloomberg Businessweek report linked at least 15 deaths in children 12 and under to the challenge in the last 18 months, and another five deaths in children aged 13 and 14.
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