While British educators raise concerns about the so called “Momo challenge”, which involves unknown people using a creepy-looking sculpture to instruct children to perform tasks resulting in self-harm, Mexican authorities have moved to address a new disturbing meme called “Ayuwoki” which bears an uncanny visual resemblance to Momo.
According to the Daily Mail, the meme features "an image of a bizarre Michael Jackson statue and claims the figure will go into the reader's bedroom at 3am and shout the singer's trademark 'hee hee' — as he was famous for doing in his songs".
As the newspaper explains, the meme’s name, "Ayuwoki" is "how the lyric 'are you okay' would be spelt phonetically in Spanish" – a reference to the singer’s hit song “Smooth Criminal”.
"Although a lot of people believe this is a kind of demon or ghost from the Internet, there is nothing supernatural in this matter", the state police of Baja California in Mexico said a statement. "The kids and teenagers are looking to share it and believe in it because it is trendy, which could generate sleep issues, panic or anxiety".