DICT and NBI join forces to end ‘momo challenge’ amid reports about its danger

DICT and NBI join forces to end ‘momo challenge’ amid reports about its danger

- The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have joined forces to determine the source of the “Momo Challenge”

- NBI said that it will be a difficult task to filter the Internet since it cannot be regulated

- However, the DICT has been looking into the deep and dark web to determine the source

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The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have joined forces in order to end the “Momo Challenge” that has been putting several children in danger.

In a report by News5, DICT Cybercrime and Cyber Patrolling Enabling Technologies Asec. Allan Cabanlong said that they are looking into the source of the viral challenge.

NBI Cybercrime Division chief Vic Lorenzo mentioned that it is impossible for the government to filter the Internet because it cannot be regulated.

However, social media expert Carlo Ople said that there has been no concrete evidence yet that “Momo” was able to interact with a person.

“Wala talagang evidence na nagpapakita ng interaction with ‘Momo’ sa isang tao. Sa nabasa natin, isa siyang hoax o digital urban legend. Hindi ibig sabihin nun na ang social media is a very safe place,” said Ople.

According to the report by GMA News, Cabanlong stated that the government has been gathering information from the deep and dark web to determine the source.

"We are now gathering information, monitoring the surface web, the deep web and the dark web as to the source of this momo challenge," Cabanlong said.

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KAMI reported earlier that video sharing site, Youtube, has released an official statement regarding the Momo Challenge.

"YouTube's Community Guidelines prohibit content that's intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm or death. We remove flagged videos that violate our policies,” it read.

The Momo Challenge is a viral online dare that encouraged the viewers to harm one’s self and others, as well as watching horror movies and other activities. In a previous report by KAMI, a child killed himself by drinking 20 gout tablet as part of the alleged dare in the viral challenge.

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