Momo is fake - here's the truth
Recently, there have been widespread reports from very reputable sources about a demonised figure lovingly named "Momo". Whilst varied, the reports generally agree that Momo is targeting children and encouraging self harm or even suicide. TrueSay is here to give you the truth.
As usual in current times, these reports appeared first on social media. Facebook posts can be seen stating that Momo has been appearing in 'hacked' youtube videos of Peppa Pig and other children's tv shows. Some reports say that Momo would then 'challenge' viewers to self harm and post pictures of the results. Others state that Momo would tell the children to take pills and start fires, and then threaten to harm the viewer's parents if they told them of the situation.
In fact, Momo is actually a sculpture made by Japanese special effects company Link Factory and is called "Mother Bird". It is currently on display in a horror art gallery called Vanilla Gallery.
There have been many stories indicating that people have died as a result of this game, but not a single one has been found genuine. One story in 2018 appeared showing a 12 year old girl who had hung herself from a tree after watching Momo, but the authorities in Argentina rejected this claim and are instead pursuing an 18 year old male who may be believed to have encourage her to take her own life.
Two men in India as well as another pair in Columbia have also been reported as being a result of the Momo challenge. None of these deaths have actually been verified and there is no evidence of this sculpture or anything impersonating it causing, or convincing anyone to cause, any harm.
It is therefore safe to say that your children can watch Peppa Pig online in peace, without fearing Momo. Nevertheless, it is wise to keep an eye on your children's online activity, in order to ensure their safety.
Tom is the executive editor of TrueSay. He is due to train as a solicitor from 2020. For now, he wants to help stop the spread of misinformation.