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NTC calls for meeting to address 'Momo Challenge'

THE National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) called for a meeting Friday, March 1, to immediately address issues about the so-called "Momo Challenge," a viral online challenge that targets children and adolescents.

Invited to the meeting were representatives from agency members of the Committee for the Special Protection of Children that include the Department of Justice, Department of Social Welfare and Development, and the Philippine National Police.

Representatives from the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), chairman of the Cybercrime Investigation and Coordinating Center created under Republic Act 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act of 2012, were also invited.

The meeting was scheduled at 2 p.m. Friday at the NTC office in Diliman, Quezon City.

“Momo” allegedly led an 11-year-old child to commit suicide through online dares and threats.

The NTC, within in its powers as the regulatory agency in the telecommunications industry, can direct internet service providers to block websites being used to perpetuate harmful content, as well as the commission of cybercrime like online harassment. (PR)


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