|In The Now | May 31, 2017|
The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ has driven 160 teens to commit suicide in Russia. And it’s now spreading. Its creator said the “game” is a ‘moral good’ and helps to ‘cleanse society’. He’s now behind bars. But similar online communities keep emerging. Rules involve forms of self-harm and suicide at a final level.
Panic began in November, 2015, after selfies of a 17-year-old went viral. She posted them minutes before jumping in front of a train. But critics argue the link between ‘blue whale’ communities and teen suicides is still unclear.