According to the TASS News Agency, on July 27, member of parliament Juan Fernando Brügge said on Facebook, that the bill making the punishment for pushing “Blue Whale” players to suicide more strict was introduced by the Renewal Front (Spanish: Frente Renovador – editor’s note), an Argentinian opposition party “.
The Argentinian parliament member wrote, that the bill “not only toughens the punishment, but it also provides instruments for law enforcement agencies” to effectively counteract those plotting to push young users to suicide through games in social networks.
The teenager died in late May; he was trying to complete a task received from “Blue Whale”. His parents say that the boy was hospitalized after his suicide attempt in late May, but it was not possible to save his life. The teenager died despite the doctors’ efforts. The police opened a murder investigation.
Reports of “Blue Whale” appearing have come from Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Estonia, and other former Soviet countries, as well as China, Spain and the Great Britain.
In mid-April, Brazilian media informed, that national law enforcement agencies are investigating a number of teenager and youth suicide cases, connected with the “Blue Whale” game and so-called “death groups”. Afterwards, other Latin American countries started to report on similar cases.
In late May, the Russian State Duma passed a bill through which games like “Blue Whale” and “death groups” in social networks are subject to criminal liability. At the same time, Instagram and VKontakte managers deleted all posts with hashtags having a slightest relation to the “Blue Whale” game.
Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency