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The Dark Side of Social Media – Blue whale challenge

In the first case of blue whale challenge death, a teenager committed suicide on 30th July 2017 in Andheri in Mumbai.

Blue Whale began in Russia in 2013 with “F57”, one of the names of the so-called “death group” of the VKontakte social network, and allegedly caused its first suicide in 2015. 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

Basically, this game has a duration of 50 days. People are joining the game by uploading eerie selfies or any kind of eerie pictures with hashtag Bluewhale, f58, f57 etc. Mainly Russian terms that I don’t know the meaning of.

Different curators are assigned to each player who gives tasks to those who participate.

First, they inform you that now you are a part of the game and there is no going back. Do you really wanna play? If the player says yes they continue and tell you the rules but after that, if a player wants to get out of it, the curator replies “we have all your information, they will come after you”. Basically what I heard is, they send you a link and if you click that they receive all your information.

It’s called blue whale challenge as blue whales suicide jumping out of the water. (i had no idea about it)

The 50 days rules something like this,

  • You have to listen to their recommended songs and horror movies, every day.
  • Cut yourself. (Different day, different cuts)
  • Wake up at 4:20 AM every day.
  • Never share anything about this game with anyone.
  • You have to send the proof to the curator that you are actually doing all these.
  • 50th day, when almost all your senses are gone they ask you to jump from a building/bridge or jump under the train.

One player photoshopped her/his cuts and sent the photo to the curator. The curator never contacted or replied to the player ever again.

They basically attack people who are depressed. They convince people that this “world” is cruel and if you die you can reach to God and your life will be good and happy after that.

Mainly teenagers from Russia, Ukraine, part of Europe is taking part in this game. Above 130 teenage suicide has been reported. and now this game has started in India as well.

The Internet has always been in the spotlight for cyber bullying, choking game, fire challenge and other challenges which lead to a huge amount of peer pressure which might lead to depression in teen agers.

However, there is always help available for teens who are under depression or feel they are getting into a trap or are getting bullied by peers or strangers.

Talk to your family, seniors, teachers or anyone whom you think can help you, if you want to remain anonyms try this

Visit AASRA or call their 24/7 helpline at +91-22-27546669 or +91-22-27546667. You can also e-mail aasrahelpline@yahoo.com

Please share this as an update, and spread the word about avoiding Blue Whale Challenge. It is a social media created problem, hence, the fight must begin here. You can save someone’s life by just letting them know that their life is important.

Life is too precious to be wasted on a stupid game….

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