Bizarre challenges are the norm these days on social media – whether they are dangerous or life-threatening doesn’t matter but what matters is, that they are trending. The latest example is the Kiki challenge, in which jumping out of moving cars to dance to Canadian rapper Drake’s hit ‘In My Feelings’ song is the catchline. Noone cares about safety elements in such bizarre trends, and now is the turn of Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’.
Prior to the new Momo Whatsapp ‘suicide game’, Whatsapp’s Blue Whale Challenge created an immense panic among kids. This self-assisted suicide over a 50-period day challenge was severely criticized for its content.
It took a while to forget this online game but netizens have once again fallen prey to a dangerous Whatsapp game, while the Police have issued advisories against it.
Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ has grabbed netizen’s attention, because you simply can’t miss this eerie looking girl, with bulging eyes and wide mouth.
What is Momo Whatsapp ‘suicide game’?
Messages from a certain number are forwarded, leading to suicidal tendencies like the Blue Whale challenge. The challenge starts once the gamer is Whatsapp-ed from this certain number.
How did it all start?
Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ started on Facebook where members are “challenged” to communicate with an unknown number.
What does Momo mean?
Momo is actually a sculpture of a “Mother bird” made by a Japanese artist, which is displayed in Tokyo’s horror art Vanilla Gallery.
Here’s a proof of the structure at the gallery, shared by a YouTuber in 2016:
Dangers of this gaming challenge:
Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’ has grabbed netizen’s attention so much so, that it has become a cause of concern for authorities in the Latin American region, as per reports.
Avatar of the scary game’s emoticon:
The Whatsapp game displays a girl’s distorted face which is a creation of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who has no connection to the game, reports thesun.co.uk. The girl has grotesque features enough to scare you.
Side effects of Momo Whatsapp ‘suicide game’:
It has triggered several warnings after a 12-year-old girl lost her life while playing. Argentinean police are hunting for the adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages.
What cyber experts say:
#UIDI #FGETabasco #Cibernetica #Tabasco #Villahermosa #PolicíaCibernéticaTabasco #SegurosAlNavegar #PrevencionDelitosCibernéticos #MOMO Advertencia por nuevo reto en niños y jóvenes, evita hablar con desconocidos, buscan obtener información que puede ser utilizada en tu contra. pic.twitter.com/FywFhZFyyH
— UIDI FGE Tabasco (@UIDIFGETabasco) July 12, 2018
Is this game real or fake?
Cyber expert Ritesh Bhatia contacted the administrators of the WhatsApp groups from three countries – Japan, Colombia, and Mexico but found all numbers inactive!
The Cybercrime authorities have issued advisories to parents to protect their children from this dangerous and suicidal challenge. On July 18, Spain’s national police declared in a Twitter post that this challenge is a hoax.
⚠️Si esperas que #Momo salga de tu #smartphone como si de la peor "peli" de terror se tratase… Buuuu😱😱 ¡No te lo creas!
Olvídate de virales absurdos que se ponen de moda en @WhatsApp o #RRSS#PasaDeChorradas#SeListohttps://t.co/Ubh57LRMTy pic.twitter.com/ObEzcnLvTv
— Policía Nacional (@policia) July 18, 2018
While it’s always good to be experimental and follow the latest trends, it’s sensible to follow the safety guidelines as well.