WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Authorities have issued warnings against a new challenge on social media called Momo, a sinister game that encourages violence and suicide.
- A 12-year-old girl’s suicide in Argentina last week was linked to the disturbing new game.
- Momo has been compared to the Blue Whale Challenge, another sick game that urges people to do physical harm and to kill themselves.
The death of a 12-year-old girl from Argentina was being linked to a viral game called Momo, the Buenos Aires Times reported. She reportedly took her own life in their backyard in Ingeniero Maschwitz, a town near Buenos Aires.
Momo is a game that challenges a “victim” to physically harm or kill themselves. It is spreading on networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube.
Shane Andrews, a vlogger from Georgia who has played the game, told InsideEdition.com that a player will be “challenged” to communicate with an unknown person through the app.
“I was met with some very violent images and text messages that I cannot show,” Andrews said. “The messages were scary. They said that they knew personal things about me which they couldn’t possibly know.”
The next challenges involve harming oneself.
“They want you to do small tasks, like wake up at odd hours, overcome a fear,” he said. “Then it escalates quickly … [to challenges] like jumping off a house and ending your life. You’re supposed to document these things [on] video.”
The 12-year-old girl in Argentina reportedly recorded herself on her phone before killing herself. According to the Buenos Aires Times, investigators suspect someone may have ordered the girl to commit suicide.
“The scariest thing about this is the ease of access,” said Andrews. “Children can easily download the app, can easily be on Facebook. All they have to [do is] hear about it and say, ‘I am going to do that,’ and say, ‘That’s not a big deal’ and then be sucked in by the psychological push and pull of the method.”
Andrews said he will be publishing a video about the challenge on his channel Repzilla on Wednesday.
Momo’s avatar is an image of a distorted woman with a beak-like mouth and bulging eyes. Momo is being compared to the Blue Whale Challenge as both games were found in social media and involved an administrator and a victim.
According to the BBC, Momo has now been reported in several countries including Mexico, Argentina, United States, France and Germany.
Source: Inside Edition