Government has directed internet majors – Google, Facebook, Whatsapp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge, which has led to suicide of children in India and other countries.
Mumbai and West Midnapore district have reported deaths linked to this game.
Ministry of Electronics and IT(Meity) instructed the internet majors in a letter to ensure that any such link of this deadly game in its own name or similar game is immediately removed from their platform.The letter was issued following instructions from Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad.
The Blue Whale challenge is reportedly 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.
The player is also asked to share photos after finishing the challenge.Meity said the proponent of Blue Whale Challenge should be reported to law enforcement agencies.
WHAT IS BLUE WHALE?
The name ‘Blue Whale’ is believed to come from the animals, who beach themselves in an act of ‘suicide’.
Individual participants are assigned a task masters, who gives them an often masochistic task to complete for 49 days.
As well as using a knife or razor to make the shape of a whale on their wrist or leg, players are also urged to watch horror movies all day and to wake themselves at 4.20am.
On the 50th day, ‘players’ are then encouraged to kill themselves. An online group linked to the fad has thousands of followers on social