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Delhi HC Tightens Noose On Blue Whale Challenge, Seeks Response From Google, Yahoo

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| August 22 , 2017 , 17:16 IST

The Delhi High Court on Tuesday called for responses from leading technology firms including Google and Yahoo on blocking of websites and web links that were associated in any way with the deadly Blue Whale Challenge 'game' seeking a response from the Centre and Delhi Police as well.  

The deadly Blue Whale Challenge 'game' reared its ugly head in India through a spate of suicides and attempted suicides has lead to calls for banning it from the internet, a difficult proposition since there is no official 'game' available online.

A plea had been filed with the court on August 17 calling for internet firms to immediately censor or block web links that are connected with the Blue Whale game.

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On August 15, the government directed internet majors such as Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove and any all links they may have to the game which has claimed more than 130 lives worldwide.

"Instances of children committing suicide while 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 said in a letter to the internet majors.

The letter added, "...it is understood that an administrator of the game uses social media platforms to invite /incite children to play this game, which may eventually lead them to take extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide".

According to reports, social media giants Twitter and Facebook have removed hashtags and topics related to the Blue Whale Challenge from their websites.

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Originating in Russia in 2013, the Blue Whale Challenge involves a player reaching out to an 'admin' who then gives the player a series of 50 'challenges' or dares to be completed over a period of 50 days.

The dares start out innocently enough with waking up at 4 AM and watching horror movies but become more sinister as the dares call for self-mutilation and self-harm. The players are required to submit photographic proof of the dares they complete till they reach the final dare, committing suicide and win the game.

Around 130 people across the world have lost their lives to the Blue Whale Challenge, with the majority of victims being teens.