Government takes action on killer online game

The game instructs participants to kill themselves on the final day of the sick "challenge".

The Blue Whale challenge encourages participants to take part in a series of tasks like cutting themselves every day for 50 days.

Jamie Njenga, a Form Two student at JG Kiereini Secondary School in Kiambu County, committed suicide after playing the online game Blue Whale Challenge.

Jamie’s grandfather, John Njenga, who has a hotel in Nyamakima, Nairobi, told police that the teenager used a rope to hang himself on the balcony of the property.

He had earlier on played the crazy game on his smartphone, which is in possession of the police.

KFCB Action

The Kenya Film Classification Board CEO Ezekiel Mutua on Tuesday announced that it had banned the online game.

Mutua said that the Board has already written to all social media sites including Facebook and Twitter requesting them to disable the game.

KFCB has also written to Google asking them to be on high alert of the game while at the same time requesting the Communications Authority of Kenya to find ways of blocking access to social media gaming application that pose dangers to children under the Children Online Protection (COP) programme.

The "Blue Whale challenge" encourages participants to take part in a series of tasks like cutting themselves every day for 50 days.

They are then instructed to kill themselves on the final day of the sick "challenge".

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