28 Feb 2019 2:03 PM +00:00 UTC

Momo Suicide Challenge Invades Fortnite And Other Children-Focused YouTube Content

The "Momo Suicide Challenge" has returned, and this time it looks like the Suicide Game which started out in the WhatsApp platform has started stretching out and spreading to Fortnite and other child-focused content on YouTube.

Though the entire ordeal might seem silly to some, the "Momo Suicide Challenge" is a harmful challenge that encourages participants to hurt themselves physically. At times, it would even taunt them with suicide. If participants refused to partake in these challenges, then the "game" would then show them graphic images and threats until they give in. A 12-year-old Argentinian girl was one of the victims of the "game."

The game died down for a while the past few months, but now the "Momo Suicide Challenge" has returned, invading YouTube content. Audio cuts of the challenge have been littered in the middle of Fortnite as well as Peppa Pig videos. This is especially alarming because both have children as its primary viewership.

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Now parents are worrying endlessly.

"The video paused halfway through, but he didn't press pause," a mother from Swindon, England told The Sun. "Then the Momo face popped up and was making weird noises. He couldn't hear everything it said but it was saying ‘I'm going to kill you' and he thinks it said ‘I will hurt your friends.' He turned it off straight away and ran downstairs. He was absolutely terrified. He wouldn't leave my side at all after it happened. He wouldn't stay in a room alone and he had to sleep with me in my bed last night. He asked for our German shepherd to sleep on my bed also so she could chase away Momo if she got into my room."

Right now there is no information on what YouTube is doing about the challenge, but we're hoping that the video site deals with the matter appropriately. The company needs to take the right steps in dealing with the matter so we can avoid further suicides and scares among young people.

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