Bengaluru: Project aims at flagging potential curators, victims of Blue Whale Challenge


Bengaluru : A research project is in the offing that flags potential curators and victims of the Blue Whale Challenge, thus preventing kids and adults alike from falling prey to the ‘deadly’ game. The project started in September last, is being prepared by the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology.
Faculty-in-charge Prof Ponnurangam Kumaraguru said the project would use the same technology that is killing lives to save lives.
“The goal is to identify the victims and curators, both of whom are using social media to connect with each other,” he said, adding that the game which was confined to a Russian social networking website ‘VKontakte’ (VK) has now spread to Twitter, Instagram and other popular social networking sites. “We have found a pattern in their communication. You can see messages on social media such as ‘I want to play or add me into the game/group’ and ‘Hi follow me if you want to play’,” he said.
Kumaraguru said the project would be using Artificial Intelligence-based techniques such as machine learning which throws open other options to developers such as natural language processing, social net analysis and information retrieval to collect cues from social media.