‘Momo challenge’ creator says has destroyed doll

The Japanese artist behind the images that sparked the recent viral “momo challenge” hoax said he destroyed the creepy doll long ago and never meant to harm anyone.

The scary image with goggly eyes and a pained expression was based on a Japanese ghost called “ubume” — of a woman who dies during childbirth, explained Keisuke Aiso, head of Tokyo-based firm LINK FACTORY, which makes props for TV dramas.

The silicon-based sculpture was first shown at a ghost-themed exhibition in Tokyo in 2016 but attracted little attention at the time.

“It was meant to scare people, yes, but it wasn't meant to harm anyone,” said Mr. Aiso, 43.

He destroyed the sculpture last year because it began to deteriorate. “That was nothing to do with the recent case,” he stressed.

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