Internet was crazy, it is turning crazier and now it is on the path to become ‘deadly’. Obviously, it is fueled by the ruined, sick human minds. The latest example of how deadly all of it can be, is the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’. Having grabbed the headlines for all the wrong reasons, know all what you need to, about this ‘Blue Whale Challenge’.
What is the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’?
The Blue Whale Challenge is a perverted suicide challenge that systematically provokes vulnerable teenagers into killing themselves. The game is being disseminated through various social media platforms, and has lead to the death of more than 130 youths across Russia. The authorities in the UK have also started to issue warnings to parents to check the spread of the sick challenge. The first death in India due to the Blue Whale Challenge has been reported in Mumbai, where a 14 year old boy jumped off his apartment to complete the challenge. The worst part? He videographed the suicide.
So how did it all start?
Making international headlines only recently, ‘The Blue Whale Challenge’ was originally started back in 2013, with the 22-year-old Russian creator Philipp Budeikin making contact with random people online – which usually included the impressionable teenagers and youngsters. It has now grown to be a well structured system, with multiple challenge groups on multiple social media platforms.
How is it done?
Budeikin would then ask people to talk about themselves and Skype them. He would also ask them to watch gory and depressing content online. He would finally select only those people who he found weak enough to be manipulated, and throw them into the actual challenge.
Once a group of people gets onboard, they would be assigned daily tasks by the admins of the challenge, for the next 50 days. To begin with, the tasks would be easy and basic, but would elevate in magnitude, to have tasks like cutting one’s veins, killing an animal etc. The game culminates on the 50th day, when the player (read victim) is asked to commit suicide. Horrifying! Each of the tasks during the challenge is needed to be photographed or videotaped. This includes the final act of suicide.
Meet the Sick Creator
The wrecked game was invented by a 22 -year-old Russian Philipp Budeiki. He was sentenced to a 3 years term in jail by a Syrian court, for inciting Russian youths to suicide. Budeiki admitted that he pushed teenagers to suicide intentionally, adding that the psychological manipulation that he was administering to the youth was intended to make them happy. He said he was giving them the warmth and understanding that they didn’t get in their lives. In an interview with Saint Petersburg, Budeikin said “There are people – and there is biological waste. Those who do not represent any value for society. Who cause or will cause only harm to society. I was cleaning our society of such people”. “Yes”, he added. “I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand”. Cryptical!
The way the power of internet is being used to spread contaminated ideas, and actually driving young people into committing suicides is chilling. We need to control it now, or things can grow out of proportion, and go out of control. Maybe, what we see today is just the tip of the iceberg!
Edited by Mrinaal Datt.
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