Government ordered Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp to remove link linked to Blue Whale game

The Central Government has asked the main search engine and social media platform to remove the link to download this game, after banning the game complaining about the adverse effects of children playing online computer and mobile game “Blue Whale Challenge”. The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has asked the search engine Google India, Microsoft India and Yahoo India stop social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp, to download Blue Whale Challenge game or remove any linked link from your platform immediately. In the directive released on August 11 by senior director Arvind Kumar, in addition to the Blue Whale Challenge game, it has said to remove links to the same online game with similar names.

Following complaints of incidents of suicidal tendencies in children playing this game, the Central Government has banned the ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ on demand of other state governments including Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra. Earlier, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had also asked the government to ban the game yesterday. This initiative has been taken after information technology minister Ravi Shankar Prasad got complaints about the game.

With the ban on this game, the Ministry has instructed all search engines and social media platform to remove the link to download BlueWhale game, so that it is not possible to use or search. An official said that on the social media platform, many pseudo-proxy URLs or IP address had already been created, considering the restrictions on the game. In view of this, the government has asked the search engine and social media website to remove links to similar names or URL games from the BlueWhale Chelange game in their instructions.

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