What is Blue Whale Challenge, responsible for teen suicides?
Shivan Chanana | September 22,2017
It started in Russia and has attained mass popularity, especially among the youth.
The Blue Whale Challenge is a game, believed to have originated in Russia, that incites teenagers into committing suicide through a series of tasks and quests.
According to a report on Heavy, the challenge began by way of a YouTube video in which an anonymous instructor begins giving assignments. In total, there are 50 assignments that become increasingly more serious over time. The tasks include things like self-harm and when the participant reaches the 50th task, they are told to kill themselves.
According to an investigative piece by Novaya Gazeta in May 2016, “death groups” have existed on VKontakte (a Russian social media site that is more popular than Facebook in the country), that incited teens into committing suicide. According to the report, there were about 130 reported adolescent suicides in Russia between November 2015 and April 2016, and a majority of these children who took their lives were part of the same social media death groups.
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