The Momo Challenge


Karina Ramos

Young boy searching up fearful ‘Momo.’

Karina Ramos, Editor

The “Momo Challenge” has reached a worldwide audience and has brought fear to parents. “Momo Challenge” began to appear on social media last year, July 2018, on platforms such as YouTube but has spread now with a scare.

According to many news sources, “Momo” has been targeting children through social media and other apps. When the uproar began early March, elementary schools statewide became worried and made a phone call home to parents warning them about the “Momo Challenge.” Most advise that parents should be aware of what your children are watching on Youtube because “Momo” was hijacking Youtubers’ content and uploading graphic, vivid clips into children videos.

The “Challenge” is that you download the app WhatsApp and search up “Momo.” “Momo” will send you a message with your first challenge and if you don’t fall through with it will threaten you with threats.

According to YouTube, as they stated on a Twitter tweet, there has been no evidence promoting the “Momo Challenge,” meaning no one has harmed or hurt themselves or others because of this viral challenge.

According to Vox, the frightful challenge has been considered a ‘viral hoax.’

There have been allegations about children harming themselves because of the “Momo Challenge” but there is no evidence to prove these claims.

People have never heard about the “Momo Challenge” but has been around since, July 2018, as an “urban legend.” And still is considered an urban legend along with many others such as Slenderman, Bloody Mary, Bunny Man, etc.

Although there are many urban legends, not not all of these have a reputed face. The “Momo” has been shared to the world by a picture of a sculpture that a Japanese artist created, Keisuke Aiso, which was originally showcased in 2016 in Tokyo.

According to the Rolling Stone Magazine, the bird-looking sculpture that’s known to be “Momo” has been destroyed.

The “Momo Challenge” has blown up people’s mind and has made people scared for their children. It was all a viral hoax. However, even if the “Momo Challenge” has been considered ‘viral hoax’ parents still worry in fear that this viral sensation could be true.

Ultimately, the police and other safety departments have considered it a hoax and state that it shall be of no harm for children.