Blue Whale Challenge: Delhi High Court Seeks Responses From Facebook, Google and Yahoo To Block Websites
New Delhi, August 22: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday sought responses from Facebook, Google and Yahoo on a plea to direct them to take down the links of Blue Whale challenge. A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar also issued notice to the Centre and the Delhi Police asking them to inform about the steps they have taken in this regard.
While issuing the notice to the Indian units of the Internet giants, the bench also directed them to file a status report with regard to the steps taken in pursuance to Centre’s direction to ban the online challenge called the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’.
The plea, filed by advocate Gurmeet Singh, has sought immediate directions to restrain the Internet firms from uploading any material pertaining to the challenge, citing cases of suicide by children in India and abroad. The court listed the matter for August 28. All Parties are expected to submit the responses till the next hearing.
Meanwhile, Delhi Police counsel Sanjoy Ghose informed the court that the cyber security cell was active in this regard and the Centre has also issued a direction.
On August 15, the Ministry of Electronics and IT had directed the Internet majors – Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo – to immediately remove the links of the deadly Blue Whale Challenge.
The sudden popularity of the lethal online challenge – Blue Whale Challenge, in which the final task requires the player to commit suicide, had forced the government to issue the directions to the Internet firms to remove the links of the dangerous challenge.
The high court had on August 17 expressed concern over children allegedly committing suicide while playing the challenge.
What is Blue Whale Challenge?
Originated in Russia, Blue Whale Challenge is believed to have claimed the lives of more than 100 victims across the globe. The game gained notoriety when its first victim in Russia shared her picture on Instagram before jumping from the 14th floor. The Challenge which lasts for 50 days starts with carving a blue whale on your body. Once the challenge commences, the game gives a daily challenge to the player which must be completed with a clicked picture.
The game may a give a teen a challenge to do odd things like seeing horror movie alone or bath with cold water in Winters. But the level of games gets difficult with each stage finally leading to suicide. The game was named Blue Whale as it symbolically represents the phenomenon of beached whales on shores.
Technology experts suggested the links of the game are shared in Russian. So, it gets undetected in India.