Government Orders Internet Majors To Remove Killer Whale Game Links From The Sites
The government has directed internet companies like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft, and Yahoo to immediately remove the links of killer online game Blue Whale challenge, which was responsible for deaths of children in India and other countries.
“Instances of children committing suicide while playing ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ have been reported in India… You are hereby requested to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from your platform,” ministry of electronics and IT has stated in a letter to the internet majors.
According to sources, as Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad instructed, a letter was issued.
The Blue Whale challenge is a suicide game in which the player is given certain tasks to complete for a period of 50 days, and the final task leads to suicide. It also suggests the player to share photos after finishing the challenge.
“…it is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platform to invite /incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead them to take extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide,” the letter expressed concern.
The ministry said that the promoter of Blue Whale Challenge should be reported to law enforcement agencies.
Deaths of teenagers in Mumbai and West Bengal were linked to the game.