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Masochistic 'Blue Whale Challenge' social media game lures teens to their deaths

Cops fear vulnerable youngsters are being swayed to take their own lives through new masochistic social media game

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TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The "Blue Whale Challenge" is a twisted suicide challenge game that appears to lure vulnerable teens into killing themselves.

The horrifyingly masochistic and dangerous game has been linked to at least 130 deaths across Russia and the police in the UK have also started warning parents about it.

There are hundreds of thousands of posts related to the trend on social media platforms.

The Blue Whale suicide game is believed to be a social media group which encourages people to kill themselves. The group administrator assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days.

According to reports, the horrific tasks include self-harming, watching horror movies, waking up at unusual hours etc, but the tasks gradually get more extreme with each passing level.

On the last stage or the 50th day, the administrators of the game instruct the players to kill themselves.

Two Russian schoolgirls Yulia Konstantinova, 15, and Veronika Volkova, 16, fell to their deaths from the roof of a 14-story apartment block.

Another unnamed 15-year-old girl was also critically injured after falling on to snowy ground from a fifth floor flat in the city of Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Two days earlier, a 14-year-old girl from Chita was reported to have thrown herself under a commuter train.

A 13-year-old boy was also saved from killing himself after he was spotted perching on the edge of a roof in Lviv, Ukraine.

Yulia left a note saying "End" on her social media page after she posted a picture of a big blue whale.

A family raced to stop a 15-year-old girl from killing herself, with the young girl reportedly now recovering in a hospital in Barcelona.

The game has also become a trend in India. A 14-year-old boy, Manpreet Sahans jumped off the 7th floor of his building. The boy living in Andheri East, Mumbai was allegedly addicted to the game.

Indian media reports claimed the boy did online research of how to jump off a terrace just two days before his death. On the day of his suicide, he sat on the parapet of his terrace for over 20 minutes and chatted with his friends about committing suicide. His friends dismissed it as a joke.

Updated : 2021-07-31 08:16 GMT+08:00