Mothers from the United Kingdom are warning parents about a seemingly child-friendly app from Google Play Store called the “Call Blaze And The Monster Machines.” The app is cleverly disguised as legit Google product and according to one parent has age set to 2 to 4 years old.
The app is a pretend phone call where kids were supposed to be able to speak with Blaze, a character based on the Nickelodeon show “Blaze And The Monster Machines.” The voice, however, sounds demonic that even parents are horrified after hearing it.
Here’s the transcript of what the character is telling the kids:
“What’s this hogwash. You look afraid. Is it this knife in my whirly twirly hands.”
“Making you a little nervous ha.”
“That’s all right ’cause this knife is gonna improve your look when it’s sticking right out of you.”
Here’s an actual footage of what the app looks like:
One among the very first moms who posted warning against the app was Katisha Long. Her post has since been viewed for more than three million times.
Another parent tracks down the email address of the game developer.
Missy Kebz from London has been actively warning other parents about the fake app as she was much traumatized about the incident. In a Facebook post, she shares that her daughter was in another room when she hears the app’s demonic voice.
She details her experience in a YouTube video as well:
The mom from London now feels awful for leaving her kid alone with the phone; particularly when she finds that there are other similar app featuring Elsa, Shrek and other supposedly friendly characters. Ms Kebz sets up a petition on Change.org, calling for Google to screen all its apps before making it available on their platform.
Mom Danielle Olleren of Greater Manchester is also actively warning other parents about the dangers of the Google Play app, particularly that it can be downloaded for free. Mother Jane Diya from Norfolk is making the same warning after her seven-year-old daughter was able to download ‘Call Blaze And The Monster Machines’ app with ease.
Google has been prompt with their response. The company immediately bans the app from its Play Store. “We have a set of policies designed to provide a great experience for users and developers and we act quickly to remove apps from Google Play that violate those policies,” a spokesperson tells The Sun.
“We were alerted to the illicit Blaze and the Monsters Machines app yesterday along with a range of other content from the same individual. The safety of kids and families are of paramount importance to us. Nickelodeon worked as a matter of urgency with Google Play to have all the illegal apps removed. They removed all of the offending content immediately yesterday afternoon,” a representative from Nickelodeon states.