If Blue Whale Challenge was not enough to trigger fear among teens, a new Momo WhatsApp suicide game is taking over social media for all the wrong reasons. In the latest instance, the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina is reportedly being linked to something called as the Momo challenge.
Reports from around the globe are indicating a sculpture's image being spread on WhatsApp along with several challenges that threaten the lives of the receivers. Momo is a social media account on WhatsApp, Facebook, and YouTube, which is using the image of a horror artwork called Mother Bird by Link Factory to induce curiosity among children, challenging them to communicate with an unknown number, The Sun reported. Just like in the Blue Whale Challenge, fear is installed in the users and then they are forced to do extreme things.
It is also learned that the creepy account appears to be connected to three numbers in Japan, Mexico, and Columbia. If a user refuses to follow the game's orders, Momo threatens them with violent images. As per cybercrime experts, Momo challenge is nothing but a hoax which is aimed at stealing information. On the other hand, the death of a 12-year-old Argentina girl cannot be ignored in the face of a hoax.
For the uninitiated, the Blue Whale challenge reportedly consumed nearly 100 individuals lives in India itself in the last year. The deadly online game challenged players for over 50 days, demanding them to complete tasks given by an anonymous controller. Initially, the game would ask the user to draw a whale on the paper and then asks to carve the whale figure on their body.