REVEALED: Who Is Behind The Blue Whale Suicide Game?

May 14, 2017 8:18 AM
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A 21-year-old man in Russia has been arrested in connection with the evil Blue Whale suicide game which is said to target vulnerable teens and encourage them to perform a series of 50 tasks which include self-harm and ultimately suicide.
Philipp Budeikin pleaded guilty to inciting 16 teenage girls to commit suicide by taking part in his twisted game. He told Russian press that he was "cleansing society" and that he saw his victims as nothing more then "biological waste" and says they "represented no value to society."

Philipp, who is currently being help in Kresty Prison in St. Petersburg, is the only known "administrator" or "curator" of the game who is known to exist and even though he's no longer operating the game there is still plenty of buzz around it and even copycats pretending to be game curators.

However, it's not known how far these copycats are likely to take the game or whether those playing really intend to go through with the 50 sick tasks. There have been no reports of the teen deaths as a result of Blue Whale outside of Russia.

This week Saeed Al Hajiri, Director of Cybercrimes Department at Dubai Police told Khaleej Times that there has been "no reports of such suicides in the UAE, nor has there been reports of young people playing the 'Blue Whale' game."

Despite the fact that a scare mongering message has been shared on WhatsApp among parents in the UAE warning them about the dangers of the game, police in Dubai have found no evidence that the game exists and has become nothing more than an urban myth.

Philipp's arrest apparently comes after a teen who was in the final stages of the 50-day game passed on evidence to the police after backing out of the game. A radio station in the Czech Republic had previously posed as a teen on the social network VKontakte and discovered that the game's administrators tell players that "there's no way back. You can't leave the game once you begin." It's claimed that players are also encouraged to delete any evidence of their chat to conceal the game.

Of course, there's no way of knowing if these chats ever really existed or if the journalist from the radio station was talking to a real curator of the game or a copycat. In the case of Radio Free Europe the curator cut communications after the first task, suggesting that they didn't really expect the "teen" to go through with the game.
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It's possible the game did once exist on VK.com and that Philipp was once behind it, but reports in the press that the game is spreading across the world are incredibly ill-informed and sensationalist, almost all the claims the press have made about how widespread the game has become are fabricated or exaggerated beyond belief.

The games's origins are on VK.com (VKontakte), a social media website which is poplar in Russia, a site which isn't used extensively in Europe or other parts of the world, so we know Blue Whale isn't spreading through Europe via VK. There are absolutely no reports at all that the game has ever been played on any social networks other than VK, so that rules out the possibility of the threat coming from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat or Instagram.

Despite this fact, The Daily Mail have described Blue Whale as "a Facebook game linked to 130 teen deaths." Again, there are no reports or claims that the game has ever existed on Facebook, this is pure fabrication and nothing more than fake news.

In a video produce by one British police force, an online safety expert Sergeant Steve Shepherd confirms that there havw been no cases of this game be played by teens in the UK, quashing newspapers' claims that the game is spreading across Europe and into Britain. He even states that they contacted police forces across Europe who also report that there has been no evidence of the game's existence.

The Devon-based sergeant ends the video by saying, "don't panic, we haven't heard of anything in the UK or Europe at the moment about this, but because your children are talking about it, you need to be talking to them about it as well."

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If you'd like to talk to someone about suicide, there is free help available and someone willing to listen to you:
In the UK, the Samaritans can be contacted for free on 116 123, or visit Mind’s website.
In the US, call 1 (800) 273-TALK.
In Australia, Lifeline is on 13 11 14.
Hotlines in other countries can be found here.

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