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BLUE WHALE - Il servizio delle Iene e finto!come
These developments add no clarity on that, though. More on the safety part in a moment; first an update on what is known…. Budeikin was investigated for months before the arrest, and he insisted he was not guilty. The first coverage in Russia was in the beginning of , so for a long time the authorities did not arrest him or anybody else. In those publications different accounts of victims were mentioned — , , etc. Now they are Spreading false information and fear is especially unfair to young people because they have little say in what misinformed adults decide for them upon hearing the information.
The game is based on the relationship between the challengers also called players or participants and the administrators. The list of tasks, to be completed in 50 days, includes waking up at A. He had been hospitalized since 31 May , after attempting to complete the final suicide challenge. With several cuts on her arms, including one in the shape of a whale, she was thought to be attempting to complete the last phase of the challenge. Authorities linked this crime with Blue Whale. The young woman survived and was hospitalized.
One day you could be told to watch a scary movie at am, while on another you might be required to cut yourself. On the 50th day though, to win the challenge, you must commit suicide. These are the stories circulating ever more frequently over the last several weeks here in the U. The truth about this mysterious Blue Whale, however, is harder to pin down. There were reports emerging that dozens of primarily Russian youth had committed suicide as a result of participating in the challenge. As word began to spread to the States this spring, a number of school districts sent messages to parents warning them of the challenge.
It is a "game" reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to players by administrators over a day period, initially innocuous before introducing elements of self-harm and the final challenge requiring the player to commit suicide. A wave of moral panic swept Russia. In November , a Russian teenager posted a selfie with the caption "nya bye" before committing suicide; her death was then discussed in internet forums and groups, becoming mixed with scare stories and folklore. Further suicides were added to the group stories. After an investigation by Evgeny Berg for Meduza , Mursaliyeva responded by saying in fact there had been at least
Core concern: ‘Blue Whale’ & the social norms research
The Hyenas, but referencing the Italian name of Quentin Tarantino 's movie Reservoir Dogs is a television program broadcast on the Italian channel Italia 1. It is based on an Argentine show Caiga Quien Caiga. Recurring features of the show, besides the reportage, are the double interviews in which two famous people are asked the same questions, and are edited together on a split screen, side by side so that they answer one after the other. The Spanish version transmitted on Telecinco had to close due to poor ratings, but the program later returned and moved in to a new network, laSexta. Because "Le Iene" was also the release name in Italy for the film Reservoir Dogs , all the presenters on the show wear like the protagonists of that movie trademark black suits, white shirts and black ties. In October , reporter Matteo Viviani from Le Iene covertly tested deputies of Italy's lower house of parliament for drugs, by claiming to be performing TV interviews about the budget, when in fact the "make-up artist" preparing the deputies for the camera was actually swabbing their faces for samples to be tested for drugs. Of the 50 samples from deputies, almost one third tested positive for drug use in the previous 36 hours; 12 for cannabis and 4 for cocaine.
Reality of Blue Whale
On May 14, an episode of the satirical Italian TV program Le Iene or "Reservoir Dogs" in English aired a report dedicated to the 'Blue Whale game' or 'challenge' , a type of online game that came to life in different forums and groups on VKontakte, the most popular social network in Russia. In the game, players shared photos and videos of acts of self-harm that gradually became more serious. According to a report conducted by the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, there should be a link between the Blue Whale game and numerous cases of teenage suicide in Russia, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan between November and April The victims had been members of VK groups dedicated to the game. However, in at least one of the cases cited—the suicide of a nineteen year-old Kazakh, Marat Aitkazin—the nature of the connection to the game can't be confirmed. In fact, after taking a closer look at the Blue Whale phenomenon, it seems less like the shocking story Novaya Gazeta initially reported, and more like a perfect storm of internet creepypasta , media hysteria, and the very real and serious issue teenage suicide.