Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission warns of Momo Challenge 'hoax'


Published: 2019-03-11 16:47

Last Updated: 2023-02-07 08:04

Momo Game
Momo Game

The Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) warned on Monday, March 11, 2019, of the “Momo Challenge” or “Momo Game," which is a new and disturbing online trend that poses a serious danger to its users, especially children.

TRC said in a statement to Roya that the game drives adolescents to harm themselves by challenging them to do certain tasks to avoid becoming "cursed," including harming themselves and taking photographs as proof.

The game begins with simple challenges such as asking participants to open scary images and ends with Momo challenging participants to record themselves committing suicide on social media.

TRC called on parents to monitor their children and urge them not to open or circulate any messages or anonymous images that may reach them through social media platforms because such games affect children and adolescents negatively.

Such games do not necessarily urge their users to commit suicide but might also expose them to identity theft.

TRC has launched a number of awareness campaigns, in which it warned about the serious and negative impacts of such games and emphasized the role of parents and educational and regulatory bodies in the Kingdom.