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Govt Cracks Down On Fatal Blue Whale Challenge Game, Directs Internet Sites To Ban All Links

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| August 15 , 2017 , 16:39 IST

In the wake of more teenagers and children falling prey to the deadly online game the Blue Whale Challenge, the government has 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.

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The letter added, "...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".

As the Blue Whale Challenge continues to take lives across India, the Union Minister for Women and Child Development Maneka Gandhi, and Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan urged the centre to take action.

"In view of the threat which is already at our doorstep, I would request that immediate action may be initiated to ban this game all over India so that we can save precious lives," CM Vijayan said on Saturday.

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However, how practically possible banning such a game is remains under question. The game is not legalised nor is it available on any platform as a download, but is instead played when by chance an interested player links up with a possible admin.

Originating from Russia in 2013, the Blue Whale Challenge is an online game which involves an 'administrator' who assigns a series of 50 dares or 'tasks' to the players over a series of 50 days. As the players complete the steps, they are required to submit photographic proof that they have cleared the concerned levels.

The tasks begin innocently enough, from waking up early to watching horror movies but become more sinister as they progress to self-harm and carving a shape of a blue whale on the skin. The final task, in order to win the 'game', is to commit suicide.