Momo was a hoax, it’s been a hoax for a while. Do you people not google these “challenges” before spreading them?

So you’re going to get person after person who’s got a friend who saw Momo telling them to commit suicide and you’re just going to have to take their word for it because nobody ever offers up the link to the mysterious Momo sighting.

Here’s a quick hint as to the fakery of this – all videos your kids watch on YouTube kids are stored in your history and yet nobody can provide a link to a video showing the suicide challenge.

Here’s an NY Mag piece on it. Hoax goal is to get kids off of YouTube Kids which there are some legit reasons for, scare parents into believing all tech bad, run back to some parenting time in the 50s where things were somehow better even though kids were dying at an insane rate.

All the kids claiming to have seen it, just grab their YT kids, look at the history, and provide a link. Deleted the YouTube Kids app did they? Oh well go to YouTube and grab the history there. Deleted their account did they? Go to the account recovery page, reactivate the account, retrieve the history. Forgot the account password? That’s cool, go to password recovery. Don’t have access to the account recovery email any more? That’s fine, as long as you’ve got the same phone number there’s no problem you can have a code called to you. Oh they don’t have that phone any more? Well dang the Momo suicide challenge must be real.

Only you can prevent stupidity. 

Paul King

Paul King lives in Nashville Tennessee with his wife, two daughters and cats. He writes for Pocketables, theITBaby, and is an IT consultant along with doing tech support for a film production company.