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Blue Whale, A Sinister Hoax ?

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What We Know for Sure About Blue Whale

The Blue Whale also known as “Blue Whale Challenge”, is an Internet “game” that consists of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators during a 50-day period, with the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. It gets its name from a common belief that blue whales voluntarily beach themselves in order to end their own lives.

The game’s administrators or curator find players through “death groups” or “suicide groups” set up on VK.com (VKontakte). Police in Russia have shut down several of these groups in recent years but say that as soon as one is shut down, another starts up and this has driven them underground.

Philipp Budeikin, a former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game. Budeikin stated that his purpose was to “clean” the society by pushing to suicide those he deemed as having no value.

Even though it is described as a game,the Blue Whale Challenge is far from a game. Young teens who accept the challenge are encouraged to complete a series of tasks which get more and more sinister and at the end of the game the player is urged to take their own life in order to “win.”

 

“Game” Structure

The game is based on the relationship between the challengers (also called players or participants) and the administrators. It involves a series of duties given by the administrators that players must complete, usually one per day, some of which involve self-mutilation. Some tasks can be given in advance, while others can be passed on by the administrators on that day, the last task being suicide.

The Story so Far..

The game is attracting teens as young as 12-years-old in Russia and Central Asian countries but recent reports suggest the game could be spreading across Europe and into the UK. The game has been blamed by the Russian media as the reason why 80 to 130 children committed suicide between November 2015 and April 2016. According to India media, Blue Whale is being cited as a possible cause of the death of a teenage boy in Mumbai and in Kerala.

Around the world, police have started to warn parents about the dangers of these online “death groups” and suicide games. Police forces in Belgium and France have started spreading the word and in the UK the Devon and Cornwall Police recently tweeted, “who ever created this horrible game is sick! Parents: Please be aware of this ‘game’ talk to your children about it if concerned.”

The Unconfirmed Information

Since stories of the game started circulating in the press, two Russian men have been arrested for inciting suicide. So, the curators behind the original game, which some media outlets claims could be responsible for a wave of up to 130 teen suicides, are no longer on the scene.

However, even with those who started this sick trend behind bars, there are fresh claims that the game is spreading around the globe and reports of teens playing across Europe and in the United Kingdom.

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So, if the game’s curators are in prison, how are teens still playing it? Well, the problem is, with all these teens out there searching for the game, all they need to do is stumble across one sick and twisted individual who is looking to exploit them and very soon they’ll be playing Blue Whale, or at least a copy.

 

How To Play The Blue Whale Challenge

 

The game’s administrators or curator find players through “death groups” or “suicide groups” set up on VK.com (VKontakte). Police in Russia have shut down several of these groups in recent years but say that as soon as one is shut down, another starts up and this has driven them underground.

 

Once you’ve been accepted by an administrator, you are given your first of 50 daily challenges, these can be anything from simple tasks like listening to a certain song, watching unsettling videos and waking up at odd times to much more extreme requests like cutting words or whale symbols into your skin. The first challenge usually comes at 4:20am. Every time you accomplish a task, you must provide photographic or video proof of completion to the admin.

 

The 50 Tasks

 

Here are the tasks, taken from several sets that were shared and translated on Reddit.

Some media reports say that participants are required to send photos to a “curator” or a “whale” proving they did the tasks. The “whale” is often an older person who is manipulating them and does not do the tasks themselves.

  1. Carve a specific phrase on the person’s own hand or arm.
  2. Wake up at 4:20 a.m. and watch a scary video (sent by the curator.)
  3. Make lengthwise cuts on the person’s own arm.
  4. Draw a whale on a piece of paper
  5. Write “yes” on the person’s own leg if ready to be a whale. Otherwise, they should cut themselves multiple times.
  6. Secret task (written in code.)
  7. Scratch (a message) on the person’s own arm.
  8. Write a status online about being a whale.
  9. Overcome a fear.
  10. Get up at 4:20 and go to the roof.
  11. Carve a whale on the person’s own hand.
  12. Watch scary videos all day.
  13. Listen to music the “curator” sends.
  14. Cut your lip.
  15. Poke the person’s own arm/hand with a needle.
  16. Make yourself hurt or sick.
  17. Go to a roof and stand on the edge.
  18. Stand on a bridge.
  19. Climb a crane.
  20. At this step, the “curator” somehow checks to see if the participant is trustworthy.
  21. Talk with a “whale” on Skype.
  22. Sit down on a roof with legs dangling over the edge.
  23. Another job that is in code.
  24. A secret mission
  25. Meet with a “whale.”
  26. The “curator” assigns a date that the person will die.
  27. Visit a railroad.
  28. Do not talk with anyone all day.
  29. Give an oath/vow about being a whale

After these steps, steps 30-49 involve watching horror movies and listening to music that the curator picks, talking to a whale, and making cuts. The last task is jumping off a building.

 

Want To Play?

 

If you’re stupid enough to want to play this game then you’re going to have to search hard. Assuming the game even really exists, it’s not out in the open. You can’t find the Blue Whale Challenge on Google or even on a Facebook group. According to news reports it exists in closed groups and in private message conversations.

 

It’s said that the game administrators often choose their victims rather than the players themselves seeking out the game.

 

Clicking a link someone like this sends you or downloading a file could expose a security vulnerability on your phone or computer that allows the admin to steal your personal data which they could then use to blackmail, manipulate or trick you into playing.

 

Do You Really Want To Play?

 

A game that claims “there’s no way back?”

 

A game that preys on vulnerable teens?

 

A game that’s controlled by a lonely geek sat behind his computer in a dark room?

 

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