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On Tuesday, February 26, a woman by the name of Wanda Maximoff tweeted a terrifying message warning about the Momo Suicide Challenge.
This message was retweeted more than 22,000 times and reports of this challenge have rapidly spread across the internet among parents and schools.
In the challenge, children receive threatening messages from an avatar by the name of ‘Momo’ a bird-like woman with large eyes protruding from her head.
Momo encourages the children to commit violent acts and threatens them if they refuse to participate.
A spokesperson for YouTube stated that they have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge.
Besides outcries to the media, there has been no physical evidence of this challenge resulting in actual violence.
The manager of Professionals of Online Safety Helpline Carmel Glassbrook said “The main problem was not the phenomenon itself, but the professionals and parents were sharing Facebook posts about Momo without checking on its validity.”
Glassbrook says “A much better approach is for professionals to focus on ensuring the door is open for children to talk about these kinds of issues and teaching good practice rather than telling them there’s a big red button they musn’t push.”