The Blue Whale dare is apparently a suicide game where a group of ‘whale’ administrators or curators give a particular task to complete daily for 50 days and at the end, the participant has to commit suicide. This highly dangerous Blue Whale Challenge is so influential that it has led to the first reported death in India when a 14-year-old boy from Mumbai who jumped off the terrace of his building. While we mourn for the little boy, meet another boy who is allegedly responsible for creating the suicidal game. Philipp Budeikin is reportedly one of the men behind the blue whale game and he pleaded guilty in May this year, to inciting teenagers to suicide. Philipp Budeikin, in an interview with Russian press, said that his victims were “biological waste” and he was “cleansing society”.
21-year-old Budeikin was held in St Petersburg, Russia for charges of inciting at least 16 teenage girls to kill themselves by taking part in his “game”, BBC reported. The report added that in Russia Budeikin had previously insisted he was innocent, he had no evil plan and was just having fun. In this game, the daily tasks start off easy, such as listening to certain genres of music, waking up at odd hours, watching a horror movie, among others, and then slowly escalate to carving out shapes on one’s skin, self-mutilation and eventually suicide. Police fear that dozens have ‘played’ the game in Russia at the instruction fo Budeikin and other ‘mentors’, and it can continue to grow. In an interview with St Petersburg News, when asked if he really pushed teenagers to their deaths, Budeikin said: ‘Yes. I truly was doing that. Don’t worry, you’ll understand everything. Everyone will understand.
There is still uncertainty over how a participant plays the game. While some say the user has to install some app on their smart phone, others say it’s via social media platforms such as Instagram and Facebook where the administrators get in touch with the participant after those interested post on social media asking for a ‘curator’. A number of different hashtags— #bluewhalechallenge, #curatorfindme, #i_am_whale — act as signals for the anonymous curators. According to senior investigators, administrators like Budeikin tell participants to delete all evidence of the blue whale challenge on their social media accounts, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported.
It must be noted, however, that there still is no confirmation of the existence of the game, and suicides linked to it are from personal accounts of families/friends of those deceased who claim they have seen their loved ones performing tasks. While reports of suicides linked to the game have surfaced across the globe, authorities claim that the origin appears to be in Russia.