You might have heard of the Blue Whale Challenge, which took the lives of many teenagers across the Globe, a few months back. Now there’s another game similar to the Blue Whale Challenge called "Momo Challenge". Momo Challenge makes children perform dangerous challenges. This game has led to the death of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. The girl had filmed her activities prior to the suicide on her phone.
The Momo challenge has gone viral on social media platforms like Facebook and WhatsApp. Online games and task challenges are addictive and attract youngsters quite quickly.
The Momo Challenge first started on Facebook where users were asked to interact with an unknown number. As soon as contact between both parties was established, the Momo account starts sending a number of activities and challenges that have to be completed within a certain period of time to meet Momo. The challenges given by the Momo account encourage children to conduct a series of violent acts that end with suicide. If the orders given by the Momo account are not followed, the children are threatened with violent images. As per the report the account is connected to three numbers in Japan, Mexico, and Columbia.
According to the report, Momo is a social media account on various social media platforms which contain the picture of a doll with ugly features, large eyes and a wide mouth to create curiosity among children.
Recently a resident of Alappuzha (A city in Kerala), received a message on his phone inviting him to play the ‘Momo Challenge’ game. He received a message from +1(512)4891229 saying ‘Hai, I am momo, I selected you, We can play a game, Today night 7 O’ clock, Location Alappuzha beach’.
He lodged a complaint with the police as soon as he received the message. According to the police, those inviting people for the Momo Challenge usually send a link to mobile phones of the targeted persons. In this case, the text message was just a prank.