TOKYO: Japan is considering tightening regulations on social media where vulnerable people share suicidal thoughts, the government said Friday in response to the grisly murders of nine young people reportedly contacted by their suspected killer through Twitter, reports AFP.
The discovery last month of a house of horrors in the Tokyo suburbs, with the dismembered bodies of the victims—aged between 15 and 26 -- stashed in coolers and tool boxes, has shaken the country and turned attention to social media.
Suspect Takahiro Shiraishi, 27, had reportedly sought out people who posted messages on Twitter about killing themselves during a two-month murder spree.
“The suspect allegedly used an extremely dirty trick to lure victims and murder them, by exploiting their desire to kill themselves that were posted” online, Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told ministers.
Another minister urged the government to look at ways of limiting access to such posts.
“We absolutely have to take steps to prevent this happening again,” said Suga, who is the government’s top spokesman, adding that authorities should also improve support for young people who posted these desperate messages online.