Momo game ‘suicide challenge’ spreads on WhatsApp
A new internet game called Momo is a challenge for users to commit suicide. The game originated on Facebook and is now circulating on WhatsApp.
The horrific “Momo” WhatsApp’s ‘suicide game’ linked to the death of at least one teenager has appeared in the “Minecraft.”
The terrifying bird-woman icon that is associated with “Momo” is added to “Minecraft” is an online game that is hugely popular with children and teenagers. The ailing icon is added by the so-called ‘modders,’ people with knowledge of programming who create personalized content for “Minecraft.”
A parent is also a warning that the ads promote “Momo” appeared in YouTube videos about the game.
Parents will be notified that “Momo” could be the next “Blue Whale” – a vile and dangerous social media game linked to at least 130 teen deaths on Russia.
“Momo” begins with a shadowy controller sending of violent images to the victim about the messaging app WhatsApp.
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The game, then threatens the player if they refuse to follow, the game of the “orders”.
The Minecraft mod adds the macabre avatar for “Momo,” a haunting image of a woman with a grotesque chicken-like features and bulging eyes, who then behind the player while holding a mobile phone which the WhatsApp icon.
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.
A police officer in Ohio, described how his seven-year-old son was watching Minecraft videos on YouTube, when an ad about “Momo” appeared.
“It’s scary,” Lt. Dave Carter told WTOL.
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“He started talking about the “Momo” and how strange they looked. So, he ended up to look and saw that the suicide challenge.”
“That came from something simple, that all children like doing these Minecraft stuff and watching the videos on how to play and here it comes up in the search.”
The police in Argentina are investigating if the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in the town of Ingeniero Maschwitz, in the neighborhood of Buenos Aires is linked to “Momo.”
She filmed a video on her phone shortly before she died, reports the Buenos Aires Times.
Officers suspect that someone encouraged her to take her own life and examines an unidentified 18-year-old teenager probably been in contact with the girl.
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A statement police said: “The phone has been hacked to find images and WhatsApp chats, and now the alleged adolescent with whom she exchanged these messages will be searched.”
They added they believe that the teenager’s “intention was to upload the video to social media as part of a challenge, crediting the ‘Momo’ game ‘ for the suicide.
Governments in Europe have also started a campaign to warn young people and parents about “Momo.”
Fox News has reached YouTube, and Microsoft, who is the owner of Minecraft developer Mojang, with a request to comment on this story.
The comparisons with “Blue Whale” are chilling. “Blue Whale” is a horrific social media phenomenon in which young people were encouraged to undertake gruesome daily tasks, such as self-harming, watching horror films, and waking up at unusual hours.
The tasks issued by manipulative users of social media, escalate, until the 50th day when the young people told to kill themselves.