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Cyber experts welcome ban on Blue Whale challenge

Prime News, National (Mumbai, New Delhi), August 16:- Welcoming the Government of India’s direction to internet majors Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove links of the dangerous online game Blue Whale Challenge, cyber experts on Wednesday said that the government need to come up with more innovative strategies to deal with such self harm games.

Cyber expert Pawan Duggal said it is a right step in the right direction. “The recent move of the GOI comes in an appropriate time. It is a right step in the right direction; it has been good beginning but the Government need to come up with more innovative strategies to deal with these self harm games. The GOI could come up with rules and regulation under Section 79 of Information and technology to ensure there is no propagation of such negative and self harm games,” he said.

He further suggested that there is a need of sensitisation of family and awareness programmes by the schools to avoid such incidents.

Echoing similar sentiments, another cyber expert Prashant Mali said the direction came late but it is definitely a “good step”. “This should be welcomed with a good head. It came late but it is a good step by the government of India. I want to suggest that India should have a gaming regulator so that they can stop where they are instigating the gamer to do things like raping a person, or killing itself,” he added.

In a different view, cyber expert Virag Gupta said the government has come out with a very defective advisory which is difficult to be legally imposed.

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, taking a strict measure against the deadly online game, Blue whale Challenge, has asked the social media giants like Google, Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Microsoft and Yahoo to immediately remove all the links relating to the game.

 

-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)

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