Little did Japanese artist, Midori Mayashi know that his creation would be named the Slenderman of 2018. Midori is a specialist in creating horror-themed dolls and uses animal remains to give them a lifelike feature. He created the the doll named ‘Momo’ however, his creation has been used as a mode to scare children. Hijackers have started a new viral internet game called the ‘Momo’ challenge. It has attracted hundreds of children, however, Midori has nothing to do with it.
It bears the alarming picture of a doll with her eyes flying out of the attachments. The doll is startling children as young as 12 years old. Reports of youngsters getting pulled in towards this dangerous internet game have been rising up out of nations around the globe with the Spanish Civil Guard cautioning people to stay safe. The game which is being compared to a previous suicide game, Blue Whale ‘challenge’, has resulted in the loss of life of a 12 year old girl from Argentina. The horrific tasks in Blue Whale challenge include self-harming, watching horror movies and waking up at unusual hours, but these gradually get more extreme. On the 50th day, the controlling manipulators behind the game reportedly instruct the youngsters to commit suicide.
Much like the Blue Whale challenge which took the life of almost 130 people, Momo works with a handler of the account giving instructions to players to complete difficult tasks. Players are given death threats if they fail to follow these orders. Moreover, they are also forced to watch violent and gory content. According to YouTuber ReignBot, who creates “videos exploring creepy internet weirdness”, it is hard to tie Momo down to one WhatsApp user. It is known to be connected to at least three phone numbers, from Japan, Colombia and Mexico. ReignBot said anyone trying to contact the numbers is unlikely to get a response.
The quick spread of this savage and violent game spells inconvenience for any child with a tech gadget. If not controlled by tech giants or government officials, the game could be a great danger in many countries. However, cyber-security officials have declared this as a hoax. They have stated that it is a trick to extract personal information from people.
By Abhishek Aggarwal