Arrests In 2016, Philipp Budeikin, a 21-year-old former psychology student who was expelled from his university, claimed that he invented the game in 2013. Commentators such as have pointed out that sensationalized stories in world news regarding the involvement of Budeikin have all linked back to just two Russian sources, with tabloid news outlets replicating the same information without elaboration. It is thought these sounds could be used for communicative purposes such as to identify other individuals, for long-range contact and to warn others of threats as well as navigation. The report interviewed a schoolmate of the Livorno teenager, two mothers of Russian girls who supposedly took part in the game, and the founder of the Russian Center for the safety of children from internet crimes. Whale songs Whale songs consist of distinct sequences of groans, moans, roars, sighs and high pitched squeals that may last up to 10 minutes or longer. Then the mainstream media themselves started asking us for interviews and quoting our conclusions that it evidently was a hoax.
Mursaliyeva's article was criticised at the time of its release for lacking credible data and balance, with the 130 cases of suicide cited being particularly problematic. However, the piece was later criticised for attempting to make a causal link where none existed, and none of the suicides were found to be a result of the group activities. These included several cases of self-mutilation and attempted suicide. Normally sounds from these whales are too low for humans to hear. Some reports say that it comes from a song by the Russian rock band.
The number was originally suggested by the father of one of the suicides, Sergey Pestov, who came to the figure 130 by using Russian media sources to look for child suicides he believed to be linked to online groups and then produced a brochure which implied that foreign intelligence operatives were responsible for encouraging Russian children to commit suicide. Saudi Arabia On July 15, 2018, the Saudi General Commission for Audio-Visual Media banned 47 video games, including , , and , that had online components that were alleged to be part of the Blue Whale game following the suicides of two teenagers that had been involved in it. Syria The teenager Alaa foakheri was reported as a confirmed victim of the game in the official newspaper Tishreen on June 8, 2018. Sounds are reflected or echoed back from objects, and these are thought to be received by an oil filled channel in the lower jaw and conducted to the middle ear of the animal. He was later convicted on two counts of inciting suicide of a minor.
Several alleged cases have since been described by newspapers. Reactions Bangladesh Despite many news reports published in Bangladeshi media attempting to link suicides with the game, no case has been officially confirmed. As the hype was magnified by thousands sharing the story on the social networks, we just published a warning on our website and spread the link in comments under all shared in Facebook articles and posts. Toothed whales and baleen whales use sound quite differently. Bulgaria The first news about Blue Whale appeared in Bulgaria in mid-February 2017. Echolocation Toothed whales including dolphins have developed a remarkable sensory ability used for locating food and for navigation underwater called echolocation.
Later that month, the Bangladeshi High Court ordered a six-month ban on special night-time internet packages provided by various mobile operators across the country in order to curb suicides resulting from the game. On May 21, 2017, it was announced that the Brazilian police Specialized in High Technology Crime Repression in were preparing a digital primer to warn young people about the dangers of the game. There was a sharp rise in Google searches for the challenge, and some panic. The Supreme Court asked the Indian Central government to ban the game, following which the government responded that since Blue Whale wasn't an application, it couldn't be banned. On the 24th this number was increased to 70. In response to the game, a designer and a publicity agent from created a movement called Baleia Rosa Pink Whale , which became. A wave of swept Russia.
Some commentators accused the government of creating a moral panic. In October 2017, Bangladesh Home Minister stated that the has been directed to investigate the Blue Whale game after reports of suicide around the country. It relied on the collaboration of hundreds of volunteers. China In May 2017, , China's largest Internet service portal, closed 12 suspicious Blue Whale-related network groups on its social networking platform. Following the report, coverage of the challenge in the Italian media increased, with many outlets describing it as real. In and in Brazil, many schools promoted lectures to talk about the Blue Whale game.
Police received calls from terrified parents and teachers, and there were reports of teenagers taking part in the challenge. Other games created in Brazil in response to the Blue Whale were the Baleia Verde Green Whale and the Preguiça Azul Blue Sloth. On May 22, 2017, the declared that they had received 40 alarms. In June 2018, Russian financial analyst Nikita Nearonov was arrested for allegedly masterminding the Blue Whale game. Claims of suicides connected to the game have been reported worldwide, but none have been confirmed. He claimed to have persuaded 32 children to join his group and follow commands. The report showed several suicide scenes, mostly from videos on depicting adults unrelated to the challenge.
Baleen whales do not have vocal chords so scientists are still unsure how whale songs are produced. The game is said to run on different social media platforms and is described as a relationship between an administrator and participant. In reaction to the growing media awareness of the game, Egypt's uploaded a video on their channel claiming that the game is forbidden in Islam, and warning against it. Participants are separated between challengers, who are the people who seek help, and the healers, who are kind of godfathers of these people. He said his intention was to cleanse society by pushing persons to suicide whom he deemed as having no value.