The Blue Whale suicide game is believed to encourage people to kill themselves.
A group administrator assigns daily tasks to members, which they have to complete over 50 days.
The horrifying tasks include self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, but these gradually get more extreme.
On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
Other reports related to the game include
a 14-year-old girl from Chita that threw herself under a commuter train, A 13-year-old boy that was saved from killing himself after he was spotted perching on the edge of a roof in Lviv, Ukraine and a family that raced to stop a 15-year-old girl from killing herself. The young girl is reportedly now recovering in a hospital in Barcelona, Spain.
In all cases, Russian authorities are probing whether the controversial social media suicide game had influenced the girls to take their own lives.
Cops are said to have launched a probe into the sick craze sweeping Russia – the suicide capital of the world.
It was reported that two teenage boys were detained by police at the scene after allegedly filming the tragic double suicide of Yulia and Veronika.
The Russian Investigative Committee has opened a probe on “incitement to suicide” regarding the pair’s death.
Portugal is also not left out of this as one of the cases being investigated involves a youngster who jumped from a viaduct in Vale Serves, Ferreiras (Albufeira, Algarve), onto a train track.
It was suspected the incident might be connected to Blue Whale after it was found the youth, an 18-year-old girl, had the word ‘yes’ carved into her right thigh along with the word ‘F 57’, one of the game’s hashtags, on her left palm. Both are believed to relate to challenges set by the sickening craze.
In Sines, a 15-year-old boy was hospitalised after carving a whale onto his arm with a sharp object – the whale being another of the game’s characteristic symbols.
And more recently, a 15-year-old girl in northern Portugal had to be admitted to hospital after also carving into her forearm.
The girl, from Matosinhos, was admitted to a hospital in the Greater Porto area after mutilating herself.
According to Correio da Manhã, such cases are multiplying throughout the country and are being investigated by the PJ police.
What do we call this?.. I’m short of words but I’m still trying to fathom how a game could get so teens so addicted that they can no longer think straight. Hopefully the developers of the game will be caught soon. All links to the game have been blocked so far.
Mercedes Benz Accused Of Using Car Tracking Software On Their Cars
If you thought privacy issues end on social media then you might have to think again. Top Auto brand Mercedes Benz has been accused of using car tracking software to monitor drivers who use their cars.
The secret car tracking sensors, were all built into all new and used motors sold by the firm’s dealers, to enable them pinpoint the vehicle’s exact location.
Mercedes Benz Using Car Tracking Software
Mercedes has refused to say how long it has used the sensors and has insisted the sensors are only activated in “extreme circumstances” — when certain customers have defaulted on payment.
However it has admitted to sharing car owner information and vehicle location details with third-party bailiffs and recovery firms who repossess the cars.
British Ex cabinet minister David Davis has called for extensive investigation into the matter.
According to Davis, “This is not the first time big business has behaved like Big Brother — but it’s rare to be quite as deceitful as this, I have to question whether it is even legal to pass on information to other people such as bailiffs. I would think the relevant minister ought to look very closely at the legality of this procedure.”
British Human Rights Group, Liberty said Mercedes’ actions were disturbing and part of the “creeping growth of surveillance”.
Legal experts have also raised concerns. According to a legal practitioner, “Modern technology means our ability to keep personal information private is under threat like never before.
“Organisations that handle personal data need to be completely upfront about what they are doing. That Mercedes appear not to have been so in this case is concerning. Its customers may start to worry about what other personal information the company may be gathering, then passing on.”
Personally, I have always said that privacy in the 21st Century is more or less an illusion. Just when you think all your data is secure, then it hits you. Mercedes isn’t the first to do this, however their rivals BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Volkswagen have all denied that they do similar tracking.
An investigation by The Sun months ago revealed that Amazon staff can listen to Alexa recordings of British couples rowing, discussing private family matters — and having sex.
Yes you read that line, having sex. I haven’t seen something as obnoxious and bizarre as listening to conversations and sex at the same time. I don’t know the perverted employees Amazon has employed but it’s not acceptable.
According To Mercedes Benz , the said sensors are not used to permanently track customers or access real time data. “When a customer chooses to finance the purchase of their car this way they sign a contract and agree to the location sensors in the car being activated in the event that they default or breach their agreement.
“This clause in the finance contract is in bold print, just above the customer’s signature.
“Locating the car is part of the repossession process and is not permanently tracking customers.
“It is only activated in exceptional circumstances where the customer has breached their finance agreement and repeatedly failed to reply to requests to contact us.”
Nevertheless, It’s actually good if you can track your car on your own terms and luckily I know a good car tracking service.
iTunes is going to be shut down officially
After almost two decades of service, Apple is reportedly dumping iTunes.
It first started off as rumors, but now it is going to be made official at WWDC in just a few hours.
Before this, you might have noticed that the Instagram and Facebook page of iTunes has had a slight change.
Posts on both pages has been entirely deleted – Apple’s move at shifting away from iTunes links, I guess.
Before this, there has been separate apps for music on its mobile devices, however, not available for Mac OS.
Relating to that, there is supposedly going to be an announcement for three separate apps for its music, TV and podcasts, and hopefully they’ll also be available for Mac Books.
We’ll just keep our fingers crossed for this and other big announcements at WWDC.