Jonathan Galindo, an unsettling internet character that looks similar to an evil version of Goofy, has made headlines on Tiktak, Instagram and Twitter for being associated with an online challenge that promotes self-harm and suicide.
Parents should discuss online safety with their children and immediately block any accounts that contain Jonathan Galindo’s images as fake profiles – this way children will remain protected from dangerous challenges or other online dangers.
The Blue Whale Challenge
An individual with their face painted to look like Mickey Mouse or a dog has taken to social media, encouraging young people to take part in the Blue Whale Challenge – a deadly online “game” consisting of 50 tasks over 50 days which gradually escalate in severity from non-harmful and harmless tasks towards dangerous ones that lead them towards suicide.
Jonathan Galindo has made appearances across TikTok, Twitter, Instagram and Discord to threaten users with violence or hack their accounts. Additionally, he is known to contact teenagers via WhatsApp using the name Dusky Sam Cat and an image depicting Goofy wearing a black hat and mask as his avatar.
Experts have expressed alarm about this trend of preying upon vulnerable young people through seemingly harmless challenges that lure young people in through innocent-sounding content and progress to more dangerous and demeaning activities that could potentially lead to self-harm or even suicide. A psychiatric consultant informed MailOnline: ‘These challenges aim to lure vulnerable teenagers in through seemingly innocent content before progressing to more hazardous and demeaning tasks, which could potentially result in self harm or suicide for some.”
The Challenge on TikTok
Jonathan Galindo has become associated with an alarming online trend known as the Blue Whale Challenge, which encourages vulnerable people to complete a series of tasks that culminate in self-harm or suicide. Jonathan, known for wearing an offensive dog mask, often recruits children and adolescents into this dangerous trend.
Jonathan Galindo may or may not have participated in this worrying trend, yet his image has caused widespread alarm among young users of TikTok app and has led to several disturbing activities – from vandalized bathrooms and stolen safety signage, to vandalism and vandalism.
This trend should serve as a warning that we need to educate children and teenagers on the importance of internet safety, and report any suspicious activities online immediately – both measures that will keep kids and teenagers from falling prey to dangerous online games.
The Challenge on Instagram
The Blue Whale Challenge, an online fad that encourages participants to engage in tasks which could lead to self-harm and suicide, has reemerged online. Children are being approached by accounts featuring Jonathan Galindo – an individual known for wearing goofy masks – with requests to join. These accounts have links to the Momo Challenge hoax from 2019, as well.
These accounts take their profile pictures from cosplayer and mask designer Samuel Canini (known by his pseudonym Dusky Sam), dating back to 2012 or 2013. For its recent comeback, one recent TikTok user registered this Blue Whale pattern account (jonnythangalindo54 in fall 2019 ).
He can often be found contacting users across Instagram, Twitter, Discord and Facebook asking them to play his challenge. If you receive such an inquiry from Jonathan Galindo’s account, do not respond and report immediately as this could help stop this worrying trend from spreading further.
The Challenge on Twitter
Jonathan Galindo has become famous for wearing an intimidating dog mask and threatening self-harm or suicide if his challenges aren’t completed by people. Additionally, he is responsible for creating the Blue Whale Challenge; an unsafe game which has led to at least four deaths within the US alone.
Galindo first appeared online in 2016 through the Blue Whale challenge, an unhealthy trend inviting young people to participate in various tasks which ultimately led to suicide. While initially making waves online, this unhealthy trend soon died away; later though clone profiles with “Jonathan Galindo” names and photos showing him with dog ears began appearing across Tiktok, Twitter, and Instagram platforms.
Accounts associated with Jonathan Galindo send emails to children asking them to participate in their game of 50 steps that lead to suicide, with threats of doxxing if they refuse. His profile photo is depicted by many users and features him with a dog face; Dusky Sam, a cosplayer and mask maker believed to have created this persona of Jonathan Galindo.