So much for the multiple online surveillance policies every country is coming up with, when a mere online game is openly taking lives. Infamously known as the ‘Blue Whale’ challenge, an online game is picking up trend is some areas of Russia, which essentially looks like a guide to committing suicide. And for worse, the challenge is reportedly now spreading to parts of Europe as well. Also Read - Happy Dusshera 2021 messages, images, stickers, quotes: How to create, send Happy Vijayadashami greetings via WhatsApp
What is the challenge?
Also being called the ‘suicide game’, the Blue Whale challenge basically one of those social media challenges and games series. This one is being led on a particular social media page. This game, horrifyingly, lists some daily tasks for 50 days, some of which include self mutilation, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, and these tasks get more extreme as days pass. And on the final day, the challenge encourages the player to commit suicide. Also Read - Twitter may soon pay Spaces creators under its new accelerator programme
The Blue Whale effect
According to a report by The Quint, this challenge has till now affected the lives of over 130 people, as probed by the Russian police. Two schoolgirls, Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, recently fell to their deaths from the roof of an apartment block in industrial Ust-Ilimsk, Russia. “One of the victims, Yulia, left a note saying “End” on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale,” reported the publication.
Creator of Blue Whale Challange, encouraging children to kill themselves, tells police he was concerned they might become truck drivers.
— skankworks (@TheSkankworks) April 28, 2017
Amazing, we’ve gotten so far in human evolution that “Blue Whale Challange” is now a thing
I can imagine the retard who started this:
— COME ON COME ON (@Wheatneer) April 5, 2017
13 reasons why leads to an increase of teen suicide and suicide attempts…who woulda thought…blue whale challange end yourself howboutdat
— Bio Broly (@The_Bio_Broly) May 2, 2017
Up till now, there have been no reports of this challenge spreading to India, but considering it’s a game taking shape in the online space, it takes no time to catch up. The sane thing to do would be to block the post if you ever come across it. Discourage sharing of the post, and report abuse against the ones that who do.