Panel to probe Blue Whale sui­cide cases: Cen­tre to HC

DNA (Delhi) - - DEL I - DNA Cor­re­spon­dent cor­re­spon­dent@dnain­dia.net

The Cen­tre on Thurs­day in­formed the Delhi High Court that a com­mit­tee of com­puter and other ex­perts has been set up to probe cases of sui­cides caused al­legedly by the ‘Blue Whale’ chal­lenge game, which has been linked to the deaths of sev­eral chil­dren across the globe.

The govern­ment also in­formed a bench of Act­ing Chief Jus­tice Gita Mit­tal and Jus­tice C Har­is­hankar that they have is­sued di­rec­tions to Google, Face­book, What­sApp, In­sta­gram, Microsoft, and Ya­hoo to en­sure that all links of ‘Blue Whale’ and sim­i­lar games are im­me­di­ately re­moved from their plat­forms. Ap­pear­ing for the Cen­tre, its coun­sel, Ad­di­tional So­lic­i­tor Gen­eral (ASG) Sanjay Jain, said that the in­ter­net ma­jors have as­sured them that they would abide by this di­rec­tion.

Mean­while, Ya­hoo In­dia also filed its re­sponse on a plea that sought di­rec­tions to so­cial net­work­ing sites such as Face­book, Google, and Ya­hoo to re­move the links to the game.

In its re­sponse, Ya­hoo said that its in­ter­nal poli­cies and terms of ser­vices, al­ready ex­plic­itly di­rects users and pro­hibit up­load­ing any con­tent that is un­law­ful and harm­ful. This is es­pe­cially with re­gard to any act that could harm a mi­nor.

The ASG has sub­mit­ted re­ports stat­ing that they are prob­ing the case at the in­ter­na­tional level re­gard­ing the ori­gin, cir­cu­la­tion and other re­lated facts of the game. “We have set up a high-level com­mit­tee un­der the Chair­man­ship of Di­rec­tor Gen­eral Com­puter Emer­gency Re­sponse Team (CERT-In), which will in­ves­ti­gate all cases where sui­cides have been com­mit­ted or at­tempted al­legedly us­ing ‘Blue Whale Chal­lenge game’. Soon, we will file its fi­nal re­ports,” Jain added.

Ac­cord­ing to the govern­ment’s com­pli­ance re­port, “This com­mit­tee will carry out thor­ough tech­ni­cal anal­y­sis of PCs/ lap­tops /mo­bile de­vices seized by the po­lice and TSP (Tele­com Ser­vice Provider) net­work anal­y­sis, other foren­sic an­a­lytic team, as deemed nec­es­sary and sub­mit its re­port within 30 days.”

Pic­ture for rep­re­sen­ta­tional pur­pose

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