We always see trends and viral challenges that go in and out of popularity. There was the infamous ice bucket challenge that raised money and awareness for ALS.
Just when the unsettling air around the Blue Whale game was settling, a game reportedly consisting of a series of tasks assigned to teenager by administrators over a 50-day period innocuous to begin with and moves on to self-harm, leading to the participant committing suicide on the final day, and now another deadly challenge: The Momo Challenge has taken over.
Reportedly, two deaths in India have been linked to the challenge. To combat the lingering threat, several state police authorities in India have issued warnings over the disturbing game.
What is Momo Challenge?
The Momo Challenge has recently surfaced on the internet and the details are horrifying. It 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 behavior 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 first Momo challenge death took place in Argentina in early August where a 12-year-old girl filmed her tasks on her phone before committing suicide.
Tip: We haven’t found any other information that explicitly states who’s behind the Momo Challenge, but if you or your young ones happen to get an invite from an unknown number directly on your mobile, block that number straightaway.