Sometime back Blue Whale challenge was seen as one of the deadly suicidal games. And while we are still to get over the shock, a new suicidal game challenge named Momo Challenge has now surfaced on WhatsApp. This specific challenge has reportedly led to a 12-year-old’s death in Argentina. So if carving Blue Whale on hand looked scary to you, wait until you have seen this strange looking girl with bulging eyes doing rounds on WhatsApp – which has been dubbed as the Momo WhatsApp ‘suicide game’.
What is Momo Challenge?
Momo is a disturbing new WhatsApp ‘suicide’ game. In Momo Challenge, the sculpture’s picture is used to send challenges to teenagers. The story is linked with a bizarre and chilling photo, as well as a series of stories that are just as sinister. The picture is being used by people on WhatsApp who trick young people into extreme behaviour that includes taking their own lives.
The Momo profile itself features a disturbing image of a distorted young woman, with eyes bulging out of their sockets, straggly black hair and bird legs. Momo began life as a sculpture created for an art exhibit in Japan, in 2016. It was created by a special effects company called Link Factory and was shown off in public.
From there, the image shot to popularity across other parts of the internet – with people attaching new chilling stories to it as they shared it, in an attempt to increase the sinister feeling of the image. According to reports, the game starts on WhatsApp from a certain number displaying a girl’s distorted face that looks extremely disturbing with bulging eyes and a wide mouth. The image of the girl is a creation of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the game in any way, reports thesun.co.uk.
The Momo Challenge suicide
According to news.com.au, a 12-year-old girl was found dead in her backyard near Buenos Aires, Argentina, after she reportedly texted a figure called Momo on WhatsApp. A police officer told the leading news portal, “The phone has been hacked to find footage and WhatsApp chats, and now the alleged adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages is being sought.” Police believe the teenager’s intention was to “upload the video to social media as part of a challenge, crediting the Momo game” for the suicide. The game involves challenging people to communicate with an unknown number.
Where does the Momo Challenge exist?
According to thesun.co.uk, Momo has appeared in Mexico, Argentina, United States, France and Germany, and there is no evidence that the game has appeared in the UK.