The "Momo Challenge" Is Spreading Fast And Police Everywhere Are Getting Involved
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The internet is full of time-squandering games and challenges, but not many reach the level where they can put the player in real physical danger like the "Momo" challenge.
Just last week,the Momo challenge which had reportedly made its way to Longueuil. Now, the Momo challenge has become a global concern and police across Canada are now getting involved.
For those of you who are still out of the loop, here is a quick recap. The Momo challenge is an online game where the user is challenged to complete a series of dangerous and potentially life-threatening tasks in hopes of meeting "Momo."
If participants refuse, "Momo" threatens them by sending creepy photos or threatening to disclose their personal info to everyone. If this sounds like an episode of Black Mirror to you, that's because it pretty much is. Season 3, episode 3 of Black Mirror depicts pretty much this exact scenario. A young teenager is blackmailed into committing random acts of violence because mysterious hackers managed to capture senstitive footage using the boy's laptop cam.
That said, since the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina, the authorities have taken the phenomenon very seriously. According to CTV news, the police around the world have decided to collaborate on online monitoring and prevention on social media about the danger of the Momo challenge. Canada's police will also join the movement to fight the Momo challenge.
As the challenge primarily targets at teens, law enforcement officials recommend that parents communicate with their kids. If ever "Momo" tries to get in touch with them, do not answer. Police say you need to take a screenshot right away and contact officials directly.