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Nairobi bans online game after teen's suicide

Publish date: 15 May 2017
Issue Number: 725
Diary: IBA Legalbrief Africa
Category: Kenya

The Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) has banned the controversial online game 'Blue Whale Challenge' after it was linked to the suicide of a Nairobi teenager. The board has urged Google and Facebook to block the game, which features a series of traumatising tasks that can affect viewers. The Daily Nation reports that KFCB CEO Ezekiel Mutua urged all ISPs to ensure it is not accessible in the country. 'Anyone found allowing children to play the Challenge will be arrested and prosecuted in line with the Film and Stage Plays Act,' he said. In terms of the Act, it is illegal to expose children to any content that is only suitable for adults.

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