DICT chief: No link between viral 'Momo challenge,' 11-year-old's death

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The Momo Challenge supposedly involves a fictional character telling children through messaging apps or YouTube to do a series of tasks including self-harm and suicide.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) — Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Acting Secretary Eliseo Rio Jr. said Monday there's no evidence that a controversial internet character caused the death of an 11-year-old boy.

"Upon investigation, wala po nakapag-directly relate sa [no one can directly link the] death and Momo challenge. The death was maybe caused by some psychological problem of the child," Rio said in the House committee on information and communications technology hearing on the issue.

The Momo Challenge supposedly involves a fictional character telling children through messaging apps or YouTube to do a series of tasks including self-harm and suicide.

Rio said the police investigated the boy's phone and found no trace of the communication that supposedly happened between him and the characater.

"The police also investigated. Wala silang nakita doon sa sinasabi ng [They did not see anything on what was said by the] parent on the momo challenge that was being subscribed to by the child," he added.

But the DICT chief added investigators were unable to do a forensic examination of the boy's phone because his parents refused.

Despite finding the Momo Challenge to be a hoax, Rio said they are working with telco firms and the National Telecommunications Commission to send text blasts reminding parents to supervise their children when surfing the internet.