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28 Feb 2020, 08:53 HRS IST
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  • Blue Whale: Underground, unknown and dangerous
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  • challenge.

    "Posts with words or tags you're searching for often encourage behavior that can cause harm and even lead to death. If you're going through something difficult, we'd like to help," reads the page on Instagram.

    It gives a user three options - "Talk to a friend", "Contact a helpline" and "Get tips and support".

    Investigators in the West are hoping to zero in on the people behind the game.

    One of its founders is believed to be a 22-year-old Russian, Filipp Budeikin, who was arrested last November for allegedly inciting teenagers to take their lives.

    He had reportedly said the challenge aimed at "cleansing society" by eliminating "people who are worthless".

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