Fact check: The Momo challenge threat against children - real or fake?

Fact check: The Momo challenge threat against children - real or fake?

- Parents have been driven to near-panic after reports from around the globe began surfacing that children were harming themselves under the guise of the 'Momo Challenge'

-The good news is that the prevalent opinion is that Momo is more hype and hoex than a valid threat

- Due to the rapid spread of viral topics on social media, Momo has become a popular image and urban legend

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Parents around the world are 'freaking out' over Momo, a digitally created character who supposedly appears in disturbing social media posts, urging children to harm themselves or others.

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In 2018, reports began surfacing about teenagers taking their lives after interaction with Momo online. The Momo messages are said to encourage youngsters to "take pills", stab others, or harm them or themselves in some way.

READ ALSO: Parents urged to monitor children online as 'Momo Challenge' goes viral

The aspect of Momo that seems to be getting the most attention is that allegedly videos were being inserted into popular children's videos on YouTube, meaning that parents allowing their children to watch videos online could not protect their children from exposure to the nightmarish Momo.

However, a report from the verified and creditable Snopes.com website debunks the hype around the phenomenon, saying it is more of a viral hoax than a deliberate attempt by individuals to harm children, as actual videos of this are extremely hard to come by.

Although the image of Momo and the "urban legend" abound, it seems that the threat is nowhere near what it has been made out to be.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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