Teen Mom 3 star Nikkole Paulun claims Momo caused massive disruption at YouTube – but it’s now ‘gone’
Teen Mom 3 star Nikkole Paulun has claimed to have secret information about Momo and revealed the creepy character is now “gone for good”.
Momo caused widespread panic amid reports the horrifying avatar was appearing in seemingly innocent YouTube videos and allegedly encouraging children to take part in a suicide challenge.
Subsequent reports have claimed the grotesque challenge is just an elaborate hoax , but Nikkole is adamant it caused a massive security scare at the video site.
She says she has the insider information because she works for YouTube and shared it with her followers on Facebook .
Nikkole wrote: “As someone who works for YouTube… I can tell you guys they have been working on this ‘momo’ thing for over a week now.
“The day they found out about it, they froze all earnings, disabled all comments, and deleted thousands of channels.
“It was very easy to find out who was behind the accounts because your bank account is attached to your channel
All videos have to be manually reviewed now. Momo is gone.”
She added that she’s now letting her kids watch YouTube videos again and insists other parents should use the opportunity to educate their own children about the dangers online.
The telly star added: “My kids are still allowed to watch YouTube although there were already rules that they can’t watch it in their bedrooms.
“Parents should take this as an opportunity to teach their children to NEVER believe something a doll on the internet tells you to do.
“Always report things like this to an adult. Never harm yourself or others because of a video. Be proactive and teach them what to do if they’re ever faced with someone/something trying to scare them into doing bad things!”
The Momo challenge features a haunting character with bulging eyes who asks children to contact her and carry out terrifying orders.
It is reported to have found its way into YouTube videos like Peppa Pig and is then played out via WhatsApp.
The final instruction is allegedly suicide and youngsters are said to be threatened with death if they refuse to complete the tasks.
It is said to have been linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in Argentina.
However, representatives for YouTube said they had not received any evidence of the challenge on its site.
A YouTube spokeswoman said: “Contrary to press reports, we have not received any evidence of videos showing or promoting the Momo challenge on YouTube.
“Content of this kind would be in violation of our policies and removed immediately.”