The Blue Whale game or Blue Whale Challenge is considered a suicide game in which a group of people or “curator” gives a participant a task to perform daily over a period of 50 days, the last step being the participant’s suicide. Participants are expected to share photos of the challenges/tasks they have accomplished.
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These daily tasks start easily, such as listening to certain kinds of music, waking up at odd hours, watching a horror movie, among others, then slowly intensify until you sculpt shapes on the skin, self-harm and finally suicide.
There is still uncertainty about how a participant plays the game. While some say the user should install a “smart” application on their phone, others say it is via social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook where game administrators contact the participant after interested people post messages on their profiles requesting a “curator/curator”. A number of different hashtags (#bluewhalechalechallenge, #curatorfindme, #i_am_whale) serve as signals for anonymous moderators.
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However, it should be noted that there is still no confirmation of the existence of gambling and that the suicides linked to it come from personal accounts of families/friends of deceased people who claim to have seen their loved ones perform the challenging tasks. While reports of gambling-related suicides have surfaced around the world, authorities claim that the origin appears to be in Russia, which reportedly saw around 130 deaths and at least two arrests related to the Blue Whale Challenge.
Schools and police officials in Europe and America have begun to issue warning messages to parents explaining to them to be vigilant and keep an eye on what their children share on their social networks.
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