No child’s play: 5 facts about the deadly Blue Whale Challenge

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Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software. It’s a social media phenomenon which enters social media networks from secretive groups

  • What is the Blue Whale Challenge?

    * Blue Whale is not a downloadable game, application or software

    * It’s a social media phenomenon which enters social media networks from secretive groups

    * Examples of social media phenomenon include the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and the Harlem Shake

 

  • How the game works

    * The challenge allegedly started in secret groups on Russian social media networks

    * It is said to involve 50 challenges which are monitored by a curator. They include watching horror movies and inflicting self-harm

    * They are expected to take photos of them undertaking the challenge and upload them as proofs for the curator’s approval. The last challenge is to commit suicide

 

  • Is Blue Whale real?

    * There are unverifiable claims that over 100 teenagers killed themselves because of the challenge, but there is no evidence to suggest that the number is real

    * Several fact-checking websites and media watchdogs have dismissed data on deaths due to lack of evidence

    * In 2016, Filipp Budeykin, a ‘curator’ of the challenge, was arrested for aiding suicides. The 22-year-old who later pleaded guilty said the victims were “biological waste” and that he was “cleansing society”

 

  • Blue Whale in India

    * The death of a 14-year-old Mumbai boy earlier this month, who apparently jumped off the roof of his house sparked rumours that he did it as a dare while playing the online game

    * This has led to other recent cases of teenage suicide and suicide attempts being examined as connected to the Blue Whale Challenge

 

  • Action taken so far
    * The government has directed top internet platforms – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately take down any links leading to the ‘deadly game’

Source:  TIMESOFINDIA.COM

 

 

Source TIMESOFINDIA.COM
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