TN police says Blue Whale can’t be downloaded, HC seeks IIT help

TN police says Blue Whale can’t be downloaded, HC seeks IIT help

Taking a serious view of the Blue Whale Challenge game, the Madras High Court on Monday directed the Central and Tamil Nadu governments to explore possibilities of banning it.

The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has sought IIT Madras’ help in stopping people from accessing the Blue Whale Challenge. The court has issued notices to state and central government to suggest ways to block the game on social networking sites.

The bench also directed the state and the Centre to respond by September 8 on removing the online game’s links from social media.

The Tamil Nadu CB-CID told the court that the game, Blue Whale, cannot be downloaded since it was neither on a gaming platform nor on social media. The Union government in a letter dated August 11, 2017, had directed internet majors to immediately remove the links of the dangerous online game.

On August 30, a 19-year-old college student, Vignesh, was found hanging himself at his house in Madurai. In his suicide note, he said “the game was a devastating one… once you enter it, you would not be able to come out”.

On September 1, the court had said it would take up the case suo motu when Krishnamurthy, an advocate, made an appeal for a direction to the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry to ban such games.