Parents being warned about “Blue Whale Challenge App”, a game ending in suicide
Across the United States, parents are now being warned about the “Blue Whale Challenge”, a “game” teenagers are playing that ends in suicide.
The 50-day challenge asks participants to complete tasks that range from listening to music, to causing self-harm, and even suicide.
The student then downloads the Blue Whale app, which hacks into their personal information and can’t be deleted. The app originators then threaten the teens with harm to their families or releasing of personal information until they kill themselves.
Authorities say the game originated in Russia and has made its way to the U.S.
So far, the game has been linked to the deaths of more than 100 young people around the world.
The creator, a 21-year-old man from Russia, has since been arrested and is being held in a Russian prison after pleading guilty to inciting the deaths of 16 teenage girls.
As of Thursday, the Blue Whale Challenge app has since been removed from Apple’s iOS store and Google Play, but that doesn’t mean kids may have already downloaded it to their phones.
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