Police issue parental social media warnings after a popular WhatsApp challenge has resurfaced, sometimes penetrating child videos on YouTube. A mother from North California says her daughter has been the victim of the– and has created a catastrophic situation in their home.
Children participating in the challenge connect to a creepy stranger – "- who communicates primarily through Facebook's Facebook WhatsApp app that encourages participants to perform different tasks if they want to avoid the" curse. "Some of the tasks In the end, the game ended with Momo telling the participant to take his own life and record it for social media Pearl Woods told CBS Sacramento that her 1
Woods, who lives in Folsom, cares about what her video, Zoe, 19659003] She is in the spectrum and many children who are are very impressive, she said.
A few weeks ago, Zoe began to show unusual behavior.] – Where does suicide come from? Why would she ask me for a knife in the exit ?
Last weekend, Zoe turned the kitchen gas stove without letting it into the light, creating a potentially explosive situation. "She kept telling me about Mommy, and I just did not understand, I see now." Woods said:
She found disturbing short videos that appeared in the videos Zoe watched. "Pause on the screen as soon as I got in and saw this ghastly masked doll," said Woods.
Her daughter said to her, "It was Momo doing bad clips. It was bad. "
A truly explosive fire hazard," said Captain Chris Vestal with the Sac Metro Fire subway. "We really encourage parents to pay attention to what their children do on the Internet asking them what they do."
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The CBS in Los Angeles reports of a pediatrician and mother, Dr. Free Hess, worried about what she found. I have no idea what this content sees with the kids, their brains are not fully developed, so they are not able to think through complicated situations like the things they see, "said Dr. Hess.
The original image of "Momo" is actually a sculpture called "Mother Bird" by Japanese artist Keysuke Aisawa, which was exhibited in 2016 at the Vanilla Gallery in Tokyo. There is no evidence that Link Aisawa has been involved in the creation or implementation of the Momo challenge. Link Factory did not respond immediately to CBS News's request for comment.
Like most memes, Momo's challenge seems to have disappeared shortly after it became viral. But this week, parents across the UK find the WhatsApp game, as well as those hidden in social media animated videos for children. "WhatsApp takes care of the safety of our users," said WhatsApp spokesman. "It's easy to block every phone number and we encourage users to report bugs to us so we can take action."
A YouTube spokesman told CBS News on Tuesday: "Our community guidelines prohibit harmful and dangerous challenges, including the promotion of the Momo Challenge, and we remove this content quickly when they mark us."