Enter The ‘Blue Whale Challenge,’ which takes cyberbullying to a new level
What is the blue whale challenge : NOTE FROM THE DITOR: Since this post was published in 2018, new information about the so-called Blue Whale Challenge has surfaced.
It’s a virtual game. A game that can only be found by those who know how to find it, hidden in a world that can’t be found.
Consider yourself trapped in a world from which there is no way out. A 50-day world that culminates in your suicide.
You’re entering a new world of Jumanji with the Blue Whale Challenge, but there’s no happy ending in this game.
If you’ve ever been invited to play this “game,” run away as fast as you can.
What Is The ‘Blue Whale Challenge,’ And Why Should You Take It?
Despite the fact that there is no written proof of the game’s rules, rumour has it that The Blue Whale Challenge is today’s most popular suicide game, which is mostly played on social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
The game lasts 50 days and includes daily tasks for the “player.”
The meaning of this game follows a similar logic to a spontaneous act of “beaching” that blue whales perform for unknown reasons.
Why do some blue whales beach themselves and die? It’s one of the ocean’s great mysteries.
What Is The Rules Of The Game?’
The administrator and the participant/victim begin the game together.
The administrator will assign the participant to a different task each day.
Listening to certain genres of music and watching horror films are just a few of the daily tasks.
The tasks become more difficult as the days progress, such as staying up until all hours of the night to mutilate their skin and carve a “whale” symbol onto their arm.
The person committing suicide is the final task and the game’s end.
But why do you think you should agree to this? If the participant fails to complete their task, the administrator will release, publish, share, and/or post something extremely personal or sensitive from their accounts online (or at least lead them to believe they will).
Cyberbullying, trolling, and criminal activity are all part of a new era of cyberbullying and criminal activity.
From a legal and social standpoint, this type of online trolling, cyberbullying, suicide, and possibly murder is very concerning.
From the Twitter/Gif incident involving Dallas journalist Kurt Eichenwald to the Facebook Live killing of Cleveland man Robert Godwin III, we have seen social media used as an instrument of crime, essentially becoming the bullet, and in some cases, an actual weapon, in the last year alone.
The ways in which people conduct themselves online are becoming more diverse as the Internet grows and expands.
As a result, criminal activity becomes more sophisticated, sophisticated, and well-planned. Victims are chosen in a variety of ways.
Isn’t that the big question? Victims are almost always those who appear to be the most vulnerable or susceptible to persuasion in these types of situations.
They are painstakingly groomed and nurtured. But don’t get me wrong: these are well-planned and well-executed tactics.
Through their status updates, daily postings, and even personal information they have available in their profiles, the administrator surveys and learns about their victim.
When the victim begins the challenge, the platform they are using (device and browser) is allegedly infected with malware and viruses that the administrator has installed.
The victims are held hostage, believing the malware is infected, in the hopes that their personal information and photographs will not be made public.
The decision to play or not play is ultimately up to the soon-to-be victim.
Another example of why excessive social media sharing isn’t always a good idea.
Symptoms That Someone Else Is A Victim
While many of these symptoms aren’t necessarily linked, most victims of the challenge are said to be sleep deprived, constantly checking their phones, wearing long-sleeved, loose clothing to hide any self-harm, and more.
In terms of the law
Cyberbullying, trolling, or cyber-terrorism, call it what you want. Online harassment, blackmail, inciting someone to commit suicide, and even murder are all legal options at work.
While it’s difficult to imagine how someone in another state or country could be responsible for a crime committed by someone in another state or country, it’s still possible.
The Effects Doctrine is a territorial legal principle that holds a person liable for their actions that occur in one state/country but not in another.
You’re looking at an administrator who has purposefully targeted a citizen of one state/country and caused harm (effects) in that state/country.
It may be possible to charge the administrator with a crime if there is enough evidence and information.
A 21-year-old psychology student who was expelled from his university is thought to have started the phenomenon in 2013.
The student claimed that he created the game in order to purge society by forcing people who he deemed to be worthless to commit suicide.
Later, that student was charged with and found guilty of inciting a minor to commit suicide.
According to reports, this ‘game’ has claimed the lives of over 100 people.
While the Challenge is still considered a “myth,” there has been a lot of evidence on the internet linking it to it.
This issue has been brought to light, most notably, by reports from India and Russia.
The fear is that if it hasn’t already, this game will continue to spread and grow.
What options are available to you?
This isn’t a physical game that you buy; instead, the victim is recruited/invited via social media platforms or even over the phone.
The best way to avoid being drawn into this world is to set your online accounts’ privacy settings so that only you and your family/close friends can see your profile.
Accepting friend requests from strangers is also a bad idea. Finally, the old adage “don’t talk to strangers” still holds true—don’t answer calls from strangers.
People using hashtags like #f57, bluewhalechallenge, #curatorfindme, and #i am whale to share posts on social media are visible signs that someone needs help.
This isn’t like a store introducing a new board game to the market—this is a person on one end of a phone or computer forcing someone they’ve never met on the other end of that device to seriously injure themselves, and ultimately, to die.
Many organisations and groups have started to speak out. Instagram, for example, has gone to great lengths to warn users about the game, sending out warning messages whenever it detects a hashtag associated with the game being used.
Even other organisations, such as the infamous hacker collective Anonymous, have launched a campaign called #OpBlueWhale to encourage young people to stay away from the game.
While this game exemplifies the risk of someone taking advantage of emotionally distressed youth, Dr. Shannon Barnett, assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioural sciences at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, told Motherboard in an email that there is no single reason for adolescents to feel so bad that they have suicidal thoughts and/or thoughts of self-harm.
It’s critical to develop a support network of people you can trust if you’re suffering from depression or suicidal thoughts.
If a victim is threatened, it is always a good idea to contact local law enforcement, as such threats are taken very seriously. There are also services aimed at assisting cyberbullying victims.
The film Inception, directed by Christopher Nolan, summed it up perfectly “A virus is a virus that spreads from one person to another.
Resilient. Easily spreadable. Even the tiniest seed of an idea can germinate and grow into a full-fledged concept.
It has the power to define or destroy you…once an idea has taken root in the mind, it’s nearly impossible to get rid of it.
An idea that is fully formed, fully comprehended, and sticks somewhere.”
If you’re considering suicide, you need to get help as soon as possible.
In the United States, call 800-273-TALK (8255) or text 741-741 to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.
You can contact the Samaritans by dialling 116 123 in the United Kingdom, or use the Shout text support services.
If your life is in danger, use a search engine and type in “mental health help” to find local help, or call 911.