Pros­e­cu­tor gen­eral or­ders block­ing sites host­ing Blue Whale app

The Daily News Egypt - - News - By Mo­hamed Ab­del Maged

Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Na­bil Sadek is­sued a de­ci­sion to as­sign the Na­tional Telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions Reg­u­la­tory Au­thor­ity (NTRA) to take ac­tion to block web­sites that al­low users to in­stall the ap­pli­ca­tion the Blue Whale, which has led some young peo­ple to self-harm.

The de­ci­sion comes as the games is con­sid­ered dan­ger­ous, as it tar­gets young peo­ple by re­quir­ing them to fol­low in­struc­tions and var­i­ous stages that in­volve harm­ing them­selves or their fam­i­lies, at times lead­ing to cases of sui­cide and mur­der, said a pros­e­cu­tion state­ment. It added that the cir­cum­stances make the mat­ter one of na­tional se­cu­rity and one of the high­est in­ter­ests of the coun­try.

Sadek fur­ther as­signed the NTRA to pro­vide the pros­e­cu­tion with in­for­ma­tion on lo­cal sites that may have con­tact with the ex­ter­nal sites that host the Blue Whale game, and to work with in­ter­net ser­vice providers to block those ex­ter­nal sites in Egypt.

The Egyp­tian Par­lia­ment pre­vi­ously sub­mit­ted an ur­gent re­quest call­ing upon the min­is­ter of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy to take ac­tion against the re­cent spread of “dan­ger­ous elec­tronic games.” Mean­while, Egypt’s re­li­gious and gov­ern­men­tal body, Dar Al-If­taa, posted a YouTube video on its of­fi­cial page declar­ing the BlueWhale game as for­bid­den in Is­lam by say­ing that it has many el­e­ments that make it re­li­giously pro­hib­ited.

Egypt has wit­nessed three cases of sui­cide in the past few days re­lated to the game, in­clud­ing Khaled El-Fakha­rani, the son of for­mer law­maker Hamdi El-Fakha­rani.

Pros­e­cu­tor Gen­eral Na­bil Sadek

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