What is Momo, how many deaths has the WhatsApp ‘suicide game’

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Momo is the name of a social media account with a presence on networks such as WhatsApp, Facebook and YouTube. According to the Computer Crime Investigation Unit in the Mexican state of Tabasco, the game started in a Facebook where members were ‘challenged’ to communicate with an unknown number.

The avatar used by Momo is an image of woman with grotesque features and bulging eyes taken from the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi, who is not associated with the game in any way.

how does it work?

The person who becomes the target receives a message challenging them to text ‘Momo, which is an unknown number. After they have done that, they are being bombarded with spooky images.

The image that has been going viral on social media is that of a woman who has a distorted face, popped out eyes and a scary smile. The image look rip of a Japanese doll artist, as per the Daily Mail.

According to BBC, the motive of this game is not yet identified but the authorities have taken steps to warn people that this user might want to steal the information or promote suicides. It is also suspected to be a link to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina.

The United States, France, Germany, Argentina and Mexico are some of the countries where the cases have been reported related to ‘Momo’. As per the Daily Mail, the origin of the game is not yet identified.

Whether this turns out to be en epidemic like the Blue Whale Challenge is another matter. But it is alarming to see such ‘games’ doing rounds on social media and targetting teenagers.