New Delhi, Aug 03, 2018 : With the internet close at hand, there is no telling what will come up next. There are a number of challenges and games in which the youngsters are engaged against one another solely for entertainment. But some are equally dangerous that can cause death.
Last year, the evil Blue Whale Challenge surfaced the internet and suicides in Russia, and the United States were making the headlines. To what can only be expressed as frightening, a new sick suicide game dubbed ‘Momo’ has been spreading on WhatsApp. Parents and police authorities are concerned that we may be seeing the rise of yet another sinister WhatsApp game which is as dangerous as Blue Whale. It appears to target teenagers. The police authorities are warning the netizens to avoid such contacts.
Momo is the name of a social media account with a presence on all social networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. The viral game is tied with an unsettling image of a woman with grotesque features. It asks people to add a contact via WhatsApp—they are urged to commit self-harm or suicide. According to the Computer Investigation Unit in Tabasco, Mexico, the violent game started on Facebook where members were challenged to communicate with an unknown number. Several users reported that Momo responds with violent images and players are threatened if they refuse to follow the game’s orders.
Momo is explained as similar to last year’s Blue Whale Challenge, a social media group that led to reports of 130 suicides in Russia. The grotesque avatar of the woman with bulging eyes has been created Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, with no such intention. Police officials informed that the image was taken from an Instagram account before circulating on WhatsApp messenger. A report by Buenos Aires Times, Momo is now under suspension for a possible connection to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. Based on footage and messages on WhatsApp, police are currently working to locate an 18-year-old who is believed to have met online.