Department of Health hits ‘Momo’, tells parents to monitor kids’ net surfing habit

March 02, 2019
The app features a doll figure named Momo with bulging eyes and an overly large mouth. It encourages one to add a contact on WhatsApp, a messaging platform owned by Facebook. Once this is done, Momo suddenly pops up in the account and entices one to play a series of challenges that becomes violent and eventually leads to self-harm and suicide. Furthermore, the app urges the child to keep the activity a secret and threats against family members are declared should the activity be disclosed.