A social media trend that worried parents late last year has again raised concerns after rumors that the so-called “Momo Challenge,” which encourages kids to harm and even kill themselves, is back.
From police in Northern Ireland to Kim Kardashian, talk of the troubling online trend has got parents wondering if their children are at risk.
However, YouTube says there is “no recent evidence” of such videos on it platform promoting the challenge. The fact-checking website Snopes and the Associated Press have reported the “Momo Challenge” appears to be a hoax.
Kimberly Cheng reports for the KTLA 5 News at 10 on Feb. 27, 2019.
We want to clear something up regarding the Momo Challenge: We’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube. Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are against our policies.
— YouTube (@YouTube) February 27, 2019
PSNI Statement regarding Momo Challenge.https://t.co/uQPDSq2Ro0
— Police Service NI (@PoliceServiceNI) February 25, 2019