Tencent, China’s largest Internet service portal, recently closed 12 suspicious networkgroups on the‘Blue Whale’ suicide game from Russia. The provider also blocked the use ofcertain keywords, as the game has resulted in a wave of suicides worldwide, China Newsreported on May 9.
The game has become a subject of heated debate across the internet. Tencent stated thatattention from society, collaboration from all network platforms and internet users’cooperation are all necessary to control the situation. In addition, Tencent remindedpeople to report abnormal circumstances to authorities, as the game is suspected ofinvolvement in criminal acts, as well as of organizing and inciting people to commitsuicide and self-harm.
(The article is also published on People’s Daily Online)