Kim Kardashian has pleaded with YouTube to step in and ban the disturbing “Momo” challenges from appearing in videos on the sharing platform.
The mother-of-three, who’s currently expecting her fourth child via surrogate, took to her Instagram Stories on Wednesday (27Feb19) to share a screengrab someone had shared on Facebook which warned other parents about “Momo” – a creepy character which has allegedly been popping up in the middle of children’s videos and urging them to undertake dangerous tasks or even take their own life.
“Parents please be aware and very cautious of what your child watches on YouTube and KIDS YOUTUBE,” the woman wrote in the screenshot shared by Kim. “There is a thing called ‘Momo’ that’s instructing kids to kill themselves, turn on stoves while everyone is (sleeping) and even threatening to tell their parents.
“It doesn’t come on instantly so it’s almost as if it waits for you to leave the room then it comes (on mid show). It’s been on Peppa Pig, LOL DOLL, those surprise eggs, and a few others.”
Alongside the screengrab, Kim wrote “@youtube Please help!!”
Following Kim’s request, YouTube assured the reality star they were on the case, writing: “@kimkardashian thank you. We take these reports really seriously. We’re on it — swipe up for more info.”
Kim then shared their response and noted, “Thank you!!!”
In YouTube’s official response, they stated: “Many of you have shared your concerns with us over the past few days about the Momo Challenge – we’ve been playing close attention to these reports.
“After much review, we’ve seen no recent evidence of videos promoting the Momo Challenge on YouTube. Videos encouraging harmful and dangerous challenges are clearly against our policies, the Momo challenge included. Despite press reports of this challenge surfacing, we haven’t had any recent links flagged or shared with us from YouTube that violate our Community Guidelines.”