Screenshot of the ‘Momo’ avatar in ‘Grand Theft Auto 5’ (YouTube/GalenT20)
“Grand Theft Auto 5” is the latest video game to fall prey to the sick WhatsApp “Momo suicide challenge” which is linked to the death of at least two teenagers.
The creepy blood-spattered bird-woman “Momo” icon reportedly appeared as an avatar, or a so-called ‘mod’ in the popular video game, which has sold more than 85 million copies. “Mods” are personal additions to games created by a user or the ‘mud.’
A YouTube gameplay video demonstrating the mod shows the disturbing avatar and attack of the player in a spooky dilapidated building.
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The video was viewed by more than 290,000 video game fans.
There are fears it could lead the young people to investigate the dangerous phenomenon, which is also linked to the theft of personal information, harassment, extortion, fear, depression and insomnia.
Rockstar Games, who publishes GTA 5, has been approached for a comment.
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Earlier this month it was reported that the modders had added “Momo” content “of Minecraft,” a game popular with children. Microsoft, owner of “Minecraft-developer Mojang, is fixed on the “Momo” mod.
“Momo” begins with a shadowy controller sending of violent images to the victim about the messaging app WhatsApp.
The game, then threatens the player if they refuse to follow, the game of the “orders”.
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Governments in Europe have also started a campaign to warn young people and parents about “Momo.”
Parents will be notified that “Momo” could be the next “Blue Fin challenge” – a vile and dangerous social media game linked to at least 130 teen deaths on Russia.
The horrific phenomenon encourages young people to undertake the gruesome daily tasks, such as self-harming, watching horror films, and waking up at unusual hours.
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The tasks issued by manipulative users of social media, escalate, until the 50th day when the young people told to kill themselves.
“Momo” also has led to comparisons with the online fictional character “Slender Man.” In 2014, two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin tried to kill a classmate in an attempt to make the horror character.
Fox News’ James Rogers contributed to this article.