The ‘Momo’ challenge: Parents warned against ‘suicide game’

Two Colombian teenagers have taken their life after falling for challenges spreading through Whatsapp.

Parents are being warned of a game that has spreading fast, known as the ‘Momo’ game which has resulted in a 12-year-old and 16-year-old committing suicide after being challenged to communicate with an unknown number through Whatsapp.

The ‘game’ involves a phone number said to belong to ‘Momo’, an image of a woman with grotesque features taken from the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi who is not associated with the game in any way.

The phone number sends a series of violent images, disturbing videos, challenges, threats and ends with a demand that the player commits suicide or be cursed with an evil spell.

The ‘Momo’ game is very similar to The Blue Whale Challenge which resulted in130 teen deaths across Russia. The challenge also involved giving tasks to the game participants mostly involving self-harm and living in extreme situations.