Connecticut AG wants to meet with TikTok CEO after latest prank
For the second time in less than a month, a Connecticut lawmaker is calling the CEO of TikTok to come to Connecticut to discuss the latest social challenge.
A few weeks ago, we told you about a press conference in Hartford by Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal to address the TikTok trend of “sneaky licks” and call for a congressional hearing on this matter.
The “Devious Licks” challenge saw an increase in vandalism in schools, particularly in school toilets. The cases have emerged at high schools across the state, including Fairfield Ludlowe High School in Fairfield and Weston High School where, according to CT post, school officials rose up in the face of the epidemic of property damage caused mainly by this TikTok challenge.
Now, a new TikTok challenge has caught the attention of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong, who is now asking TikTok management to travel to Connecticut to meet with educators and parents to hear and discuss the harmful impact of viral application on mental and physical safety. young people and educators.
The last challenge to trigger this action is called the “Slap A Teacher” challenge. The challenge involves a student calmly approaching a teacher and slapping him. The challenge was scheduled to start in October, but officials associated with TikTok say the challenge hasn’t caught on yet, like some of the previous TikTok challenges.
Either way, the latest challenge asked the Connecticut attorney general to call on TikTok executives to come to Connecticut to see the results of these challenges firsthand.
In a letter sent to the CEO of TikTok by Tong, he states “the damage already done by the ‘Devious Licks’ challenge here in Connecticut, and the possible impact of the latest ‘Slap a Teacher’ challenge puts teachers and students in danger” .
The letter goes on to state that “the last thing everyone in Connecticut needs right now is to flood our school children with targeted social media that encourages lawlessness, self-harm and dangerous pranks.” Tang then ends the letter by inviting the CEO to come to Connecticut to meet with him, parents and educators “to see firsthand the impact these TikTok challenges are having on Connecticut and local communities,” and Tong also wants to hear from the CEO what TikTok will do in the future to protect the young people of the state.
So far, there has been no response from the CEO of TikTok, but according to nbcconnecticut.com, a spokesperson for the company made a statement to the attorney general saying this so-called “challenge” is not a trend on TikTok, but that the company will remove videos promoting such behavior if published .
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