5 facts about the deadly Blue Whale Challenge

No child’s play: 5 facts about the deadly Blue Whale Challenge – Times of India

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  1. TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Aug 17, 2017, 10.24 AM IST

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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”

  5. 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

  6. 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’

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