Momo challenge 'hacking Peppa Pig, Fortnite and YouTube Kids'

Henrietta Brewer
February 26, 2019

The story was first broken by BuzzFeed which spoke to a mother who had seen such a clip in a cartoon her son was watching last summer.

In that video, a man appears four minutes and 45 seconds into the video.

Hess, who is a pediatrician, alerted YouTube to pull down the video, and she said it took about a week for the firm to take it down. YouTube said last month it was rebuilding its recommendation algorithm to prevent it from prompting videos that include conspiracy theories and other bogus information, though the videos would remain on the site. It was flagged by her and others, but it still took YouTube several days to take it down. "I'm a pediatrician, and I'm seeing more and more kids coming in with self-harm and suicide attempts". I don't doubt that social media and things such as this are contributing, "she later told CNN".

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Dr Hess says that the scene had been spliced into many videos on YouTube and YouTube Kids, containing scenes from the Nintendo game "Splatoon". As the world's biggest Internet video service, YouTube carries a heavy burden in protecting its users, especially the wee ones.


The mother also goes to compile videos of Minecraft videos with multiple shooting scenes including one within a school. The video shows a character opening fire and cursing before the video cuts to a dead body.

"I think it's extremely unsafe for our kids", Hess said about the clips Sunday in a phone interview with The Washington Post. YouTube has since removed said videos after they have been flagged.

"This next one is a cartoon suggesting human trafficking". She recorded it, wrote about it and reported the content to the video-sharing platform, she said.

"We need to fix this", she said, "and we all need to fix this together".

Another video, she added, shows video game character Mario going into an all-girls school and an explanation of a girl trying to hang herself.


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Enlarge / Man giving kids wrist-slitting tips in the middle of a cartoon found on YouTube. "For children who have been exposed, they've been exposed".

According to the Washington Post, Andrea Faville, a spokesperson for YouTube, said that the company is working to make sure that its platform is "not used to encourage unsafe behavior and we have strict policies that prohibit videos which promote self-harm". We are making constant improvements to our systems and recognize there's more work to do.

If you or anyone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts or depression, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

For support in the United Kingdom call the Samaritans at 116123 or visit a Samaritans location or head to www.samaritans.org for details.


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