Talk to Russia, block Blue Whale: HC to govt

Talk to Russia, block Blue Whale: HC to govt

The Madurai bench of the Madras High court on Tuesday urged the Centre to use their diplomatic channel to prevail upon Russia to block dangerous online ‘Blue Whale Game’.

Disposing of a suo motu public interest litigation petition, a division bench of Justices K. K. Sasidharan and G. R. Swaminathan directed the Centre to take steps to bring the service providers into a legal framework where they have to comply with Indian laws.

The service providers were also directed to remove all the links being circulated on social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and the Dark Net and prior to the removal they should furnish information on downloads or access to suspicious links or URLs.

“The central government should address this issue seriously. The Google Incorporation, which was registered in the US and providing games through Google Play Store, was governed by the US laws and regulations,” it said.

“The centre should consider amending rules and regulations that were applicable to the Indian subsidiaries and websites of such companies. They should be made amenable to Indian rules.”

“The Central Government must seek cooperation and use its diplomatic relationship with Russia to block the URLS/Links related to Blue Whale game and take penal action against the culprits on behalf of India,” said Justice Sasidharan while disposing the case.