After Blue Whale Challenge, is Momo Challenge Pushing Teens to Suicide on WhatsApp?
As per reports, a 12-year-old girl committed suicide because of the challenge.
A new Momo challenge is doing the rounds on WhatsApp.
What is Momo challenge?
Momo challenge is a suicide-inducing game being spread on WhatsApp wherein a disturbing picture of a sculpture is being forwarded along with several instructions for the teens to display extreme behaviour in the form of a challenge. The sculpture has reportedly been created by a Japanese artist Midori Hayashi and neither the sculpture nor the artist has any relevance to the game. The sculpture of a "Mother Bird" is on display in Tokyo's Vanilla Gallery, along with other displays of horror art.
Till now, the Momo challenge has been linked to the death of a 12-year old Argentinian girl as per a report by Buenos Aires Times. Following this, the Cops in Argentina are searching for the “adolescent with whom she exchanged those messages”. Even the National Police of Spain has issued a warning to the parents against the Momo challenge.
#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
Fake or Hoax?
Experts are believing the Momo challenge to be a tool for cyber-criminals to extract personal data of the victim. It is unclear how widespread the game is and hence is not being considered a real threat directed towards the purpose of inducing suicidal tendencies among the young. However, cyber experts still advice the young internet users as well as their parents to be on a lookout for such "absurd" challenges and not fall into their trap. (Get detailed and live results of each and every seat of the state Assemblies in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana, Chhattisgarh and Mizoram to know which candidate/party is leading or trailing and to know who has won and who has lost and by what margin. Our one-of-its-kind Election Analytics Centre lets you put on the psephologist's hat. Know interesting facts and trivia about the elections. Elections = News18)
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