New social media 'game' asks teens to hurt, kill themselves

New social media 'game' asks teens to hurt, kill themselves

Authorities in the United States and in several other countries around the world are warning parents about the "Momo" suicide challenge. The game originated on Facebook and is now circulating on WhatsApp.

The girl filmed her activities prior to hanging herself from a tree in her family's backyard, according to the Buenos Aires Times.

Authorities in Buenos Aires, Argentina's capital, have linked the shocking suicide of a 12-year old girl to the game.

They added they believe the teenager's "intention was to upload the video to social media as part of a challenge crediting the Momo game" for the suicide.

Spain's Guardia Civil wrote in a recent tweet, "Don't add Momo!"

The "Momo" profile picture on WhatsApp displays the sculpture of a woman with bulging eyes and long black hair.

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Police in Mexico say that "Momo" started in a Facebook group where people are encouraged to communicate with an unknown telephone number.

The game which also involves threatening behaviour apparently forces young people to carryout life threatening tasks which are recorded and then uploaded on social media.

"Avoid talking with strangers", investigators recently tweeted.

"Momo" threatens to appear in the night or lay a curse on the users if they do not respond, according to Mexican police.

The Computer Crime Unit of Tabasco said: "The risk of this challenge among young people and minors is that criminals can use it to steal personal information, incite suicide or violence, harass, extort and generate physical and psychological disorders such as anxiety, depression and insomnia".

The administrator of the Momo account has yet to be identified.

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