This Twisted Social Media Challenge Started In Russia – And Has Reportedly Claimed Dozens Of Lives

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There’s no clear date that marks the start of the Blue Whale game, but Sky News stated in July 2017 that it started in Russia “several years ago.” And it has since spread to Ukraine, Estonia, Brazil, Kenya, Argentina and even the United States. Moreover, it’s believed that at least 130 players of the game have died in Russia alone.

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In most cases, the game requires participants to complete 50 tasks, and some reports claim that each of them must also be videotaped. These start innocently, as described above, and include actions such as watching a horror film. Things escalate quickly, though, with tasks involving body mutilation giving way to the final one: suicide.

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The name “Blue Whale” is interesting in and of itself. Some believe that it comes from a track by a Russian rock band called Lumen. The song’s lyrics ask the question, “Why scream when no one hears what we’re talking about?”

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