On Wednesday, the Ministry of Electronics and IT of India directed technology giants such as Facebook, Microsoft, and Yahoo to remove all the links to the Blue Whale Challenge and have now issued another statement reiterating the seriousness of the matter.
Union Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that if any of the tech companies are found violating the directive to remove all links to the deadly online game will face serious consequences.
“We received several complaints related to the Blue Whale game that it has been provoking youngsters to commit suicide. We have taken tough measures. Under the IT eco-system, no initiative shall be permitted which provokes young boys to commit suicides. It is plainly unacceptable,” Prasad said.
The tasks involve watching a horror or psychic movie, cutting self with blade, needle and inflicting self-harm in other ways.
On Wednesday, the government issued a letter stating, “Instances of children committing suicide while playing Blue Whale Challenge have been reported in India. 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 the child to extreme steps for self-inflicting injuries including suicide.”
(With inputs from IANS)
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