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Centre asks internet companies to remove Blue Whale Game

Centre asks internet companies to remove Blue Whale Game

Any violations of government instructions of removing all links which direct users to the unsafe online game "The Blue Whale Challenge" will be dealt with strictly, Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday.

The Suicide Game which is known as Blue Whale Challenge has created a chaos in the mind of the parents these days, has been finally made a decision to ban the game by the Government of India. Reports of the Blue Whale Challenge had first emerged from Russian Federation, but the weird phenomenon soon spread in other parts of the world.

Police have recorded the family's statements and investigations have begun.

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"We received several complaints related to the Blue Whale game that it has been provoking youngsters to commit suicide".

The government will take action against internet-based social media platforms if they fail to remove links to the deadly Blue Whale Challenge game which has led children to suicide in the country, Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said today.

On his Facebook page, he said: I had written to the prime minister to take necessary steps in coordination with different departments to ban the availability of the Games on the internet in India.

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An ITI student, Sawant, who committed suicide in Kannur last May, reportedly used to play the deadly game, his mother has said. It is a social media game which targets teens and pushes them to self-harm and ultimately, commits suicide.

Taking to Facebook, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that it was alarming that more children are being influenced to take their lives because of this game. So far, three teen deaths in Mumbai, Bengal and Kerala have been linked by either family or the victims' classmates to the game, which originated in Russian Federation.

Hailing from Thiruvananthapuram, 16-year-old Manoj C Manu hanged himself on July 26 at his residence. The game creates 50 dares or tasks for its players, which could range from relatively harmless dares like drawing to watching horror movies to the extreme and life-threatening tasks like slashing wrists. Savanth, a student of ITA, had killed himself in May this year and his parents told media that they suspect their son, who had been addicted to mobile games, could have been a victim of the Blue Whale Challenge.

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