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Momo Suicide Challenge Game hits WhatsApp

Do you remember the Blue Whale Challenge that pushed teens to commit suicide through a series of instructions from a stranger over the internet? The same kind of challenge is making its way through the Facebook-owned chat platform WhatsApp. The Momo Suicide Challenge Game has become a cause of concern for authorities in the Latin America region.

The game starts on WhatsApp from a certain number displaying a girl’s distorted face. It looks extremely disturbing with bulging eyes and a wide mouth. The image of the girl is the creation of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi. The artist is not associated with this Momo suicide challenge. The sculpture of a “Mother Bird” is on display in Tokyo’s Vanilla Gallery, along with other displays of horror art.

This specific challenge has reportedly led to 12-year-old’s death in Argentina. 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 stated that – “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.”

According to Mexico police, the game germinated from a Facebook group which asks its members to contact unknown numbers and later spread to WhatsApp. Computer crime investigators of the Mexican State of Tabasco has warned about the game and stated the game is aimed at teenage kids.

Experts are believing that the Momo challenge is a tool for cyber-criminals to extract personal data of the victim. This Momo challenge is nothing but the hoax which is aimed at stealing the information. Activities like this on WhatsApp definitely raise the alarm over the misuse of social platform and calls for stern measures to terminate any ill-advised attempts from the WhatsApp. Young internet users are advised not to fall into such trap.

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