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Parents beware of latest internet challenge: Momo challenge

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Screenshot courtesy of: @SKilla9000/ Twitter Screenshot courtesy of: @SKilla9000/ Twitter

WSIL -- Police around the world including in the United States are warning parents of a disturbing, violent internet challenge that could be encouraging children to take their own lives.

According to the Daily Mail, the so-called "Momo Challenge" began appearing all over the world in recent weeks and follows the same style every time. The challenge asks the user to add and contact someone called "Momo" on an app such as WhatsApp or Facebook. That user then sends a barrage of frightening images and violent messages encouraging violence or suicide as shown in the photo with this story.

The image of a woman with grotesque features is linked to the game has been tracked down as a picture taken from a Japanese doll artist Midori Hayashi. The artist is not involved in the challenge.

According to the Buenos Aires Times, the challenge is possibly linked to the death of a 12-year-old girl from Argentina who apparently took her own life. If confirmed by police the girl will be the first victim of this disturbing challenge.

The challenge seems to be passing around primarily through WhatsApp and Facebook, and authorities aren't sure of the perpetrators' motive.

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