What Exactly is The Momo Challenge?
In this day and age of viral trends that spread like wildfire over social media, we need to be careful and cautious about adopting some of them. This decade has proven that anything can go viral whether it is good or bad. Many challenges went viral in the past few years that many people including celebrities from different parts of the world participated in.
Ice Bucket Challenge
This challenge was about pouring ice water over yourself and then donating for the ALS fund that was meant to help those with the neurological disease.
In My Feelings Challenge
This challenge was started by a comedian on Instagram, dancing to Drake’s new song “In My Feelings”. Soon the trend took over and celebrities joined in to dance next to their slow moving cars asking “Kiki do you love me?”
But there are challenges that are not always fun and harmless. The Blue Whale challenge was something that targeted many young people all over the world. It dared them to do harmful things by threatening to expose their secrets or private details.
A new challenge has been spreading over social media called the “Momo Challenge” where people have to talk to a stranger on WhatsApp who then gives them challenges to do. Those dares are almost always violent and harmful, following the template of the Blue Whale challenge. If people complete their given tasks, they get to meet the mysterious “Momo”.
The challenge has already claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina. According to reports, the number is connected to someone from Colombia, Mexico and Japan but no individual has yet been found to be behind the account itself. Challenges like these are also perfect opportunities for criminals to take advantage of unsuspecting people and steal their data. With such viral trends on the rise, we need to be very careful in what or who we follow and watch what people we care about are doing online.