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Good News: Momo's Creator Says He Destroyed the Statue


For the last few weeks, the "Momo Challenge" has been dominating news headlines and causing concern to parents around the world. But according to charities and fact checkers, it's all one big hoax. Many experts have said that the virality of Momo, caused by sensationalism from parents, the media, and in some instances, police, has caused far more harm than the challenge itself, which isn't known to have caused any harm to children. 

Fact-checking website Snopes discovered that the image of Momo often associated with stories is actually a photo of a sculpture by Japanese special-effects company Link Factory. The sculpture was created by the Japanese artist Keisuka Aiso in 2016. 

But Keisuka isn't very happy with the recent attention his sculpture has gotten. Keisuka told The Sun that he feels “responsible” for terrifying children after his work was hijacked. And he wanted to reassure parents and children that Momo has been destroyed. 

"It doesn’t exist anymore, it was never meant to last," he said. "It was rotten and I threw it away. The children can be reassured Momo is dead — she doesn’t exist and the curse is gone."