The internet is dark and full of horrors ( Game of Thrones reference, we had to). That, and idiotic online challenges. One of them is the "Momo Suicide Challenge" and now it has infected the world of Minecraft. At least, until Microsoft decided to lay down the law.
For those who may not know what the Momo Suicide game is, it is a challenge that has arisen on WhatsApp that has been reportedly begun in Japan. A YouTuber even recently made a video about the game to warn people about how it tastes on the & # 39; weak & # 39; after the suicide of a 12-year-old who thought to be linked to the Internet challenge.
The challenge eventually went viral and encouraged participants to physically hurt themselves, sometimes even commit suicide. While the investigation into the tragic death of the 12-year-old Argentinian girl is still going on, Microsoft is taking the necessary steps to keep this toxicity out of their game.
A recent mod appeared with an avatar made to look like "Momo" whose only goal is to pursue other players from Minecraft . The character in the game can also be seen while holding a phone with the WhatsApp icon logo on it. The Microsoft team called the latest mod "sick" in a recent statement to Fox News: "This content, independently developed by a third party, does not match our values and is not part of the official Minecraft game. This is an abuse of the platform and we are taking action to restrict access to the mod. "
Microsoft spokesman did not say how quickly the restriction would take place, but after numerous police reports calling for parents to be aware of of the potentially dangerous online "challenge", it is likely that we will soon see a permanent action taking place.
"WhatsApp is very concerned about the safety of our users," a WhatsApp spokesperson told Fox News earlier this month. "It's easy to block any phone number and we encourage users to report problematic messages to us so that we can take action."
What do you think of the latest dissemination of this challenge? Do you agree with the police that this can be? coupled with a much greater concern, especially for younger gamers? Minecraft is a game that is aimed at a younger audience. Share your opinion on the latest development in the section below.
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