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There Is No Evidence Online That Teenagers Are Actually Playing The "Deadly Knockout Game"

A collection of people may have been attacked, but to call this a fad sweeping America's teens might be a reach.

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CBS New York reported last month that three teenagers were arrested for beating a homeless man to death.

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Last week, the same New York CBS affiliate reported that a 19-year-old Jewish man from Brooklyn was attacked by black teenagers playing "Knock Out The Jew," a variation of The Knockout Game.

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The Knockout Game is already the name of a game teenagers play and upload to YouTube where they try to make themselves faint.

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On Instagram #KnockoutGame is a tag that refers to a One Direction fan game.

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So, while people may have unfortunately been attacked, there's almost no evidence that teenagers across the country are trading Knockout videos online or participating in some kind of random street violence fad.

Ryan Broderick is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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