Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission has initiated a move to detect whether there is any presence of the much-debated ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game in the country and to block such game or links, if found.
As a part of the move, the telecom regulator has already asked all the mobile phone operators and international internet gateway operators verbally to block links and apps of any such game, if found, a senior official of the commission told New Age on Tuesday.
The BTRC came up with the move following a statement of the home minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal that he had asked BTRC to investigate whether the online game had caused any death by suicide in the country.
Recent media reports about a father’s allegation that his school-going daughter committed suicide as she got engaged with the Blue Whale Challenge game, prompted government authorities concerned to scrutinise the issue as there is claim that the ‘deadly online game’ has already spread in the neighbouring countries including India.
The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ game, however is reportedly a game leading to ‘suicides’, challenges players for over 50 days, wherein demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller.
The final level of the game leads a person to commit suicide, claimed the media reports.
As telecom regulator is yet to detect any specific link or application, the commission will in-written instruct all the MNOs and IIG operators to report BTRC immediately if any such links were found in their gateway, the BTRC official said.
Besides, the BTRC has issued a statement in this regard urging parents to abstain their children from harmful mobile or online game/link/apps.
The commission also called on parents to inform the telecom regulator about any such links by dialling 2872 within the office working hours.
It said school and college students, teenagers and young groups are being affected by using many weblink/address/group and apps.
Family members, authorities of educational institutions and people of all walks of life should be conscious of their internet use, BTRC said.
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