Concerns have been raised over a new WhatsApp ‘Momo suicide game’ that has been compared to the Blue Whale challenge. Momo is said to be similar to Blue Whale, which was linked to at least 130 teen deaths across Russia, in that a controller also encourages youngsters to harm themselves after sending them violent images via the messaging app.
If they do not comply they are apparently threatened.
The suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Ingeniero Maschwitz, in Argentina, has been linked to the game, the Buenos Aires Times reported.
Police are investigating whether she was encouraged to take her own life and are looking for an 18-year-old boy who allegedly contacted her before her death.
Detectives said the girl’s ‘intention was to upload the video to social media as part of a challenge crediting the Momo game’. Police said in a statement:
‘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.’
The avatar used for the Momo game is a haunting image of a woman with exaggerated features taken from the work of Japanese artist Midori Hayashi.