‘Twitter killer’ puts social media suicide in focus

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It appears that social media executives who operate the biggest communication venues on earth have become so focused on silencing Trump supporters and blocking the Russians from placing nonsense ads, that they’ve forgotten about the real issue facing the platforms they operate.

Perhaps they turn a blind eye because it’s a hard problem to fix, and like all liberals, they run for cover when the going gets tough.

In Japan, there was recently a mass beheading. Nine people were lured by a suspected serial killer after tweeting suicidal thoughts. The horrific deaths have ignited a massive debate about the use of social media in Japan.

The suspect, Takahiro Shiraishi, known better now as the “Twitter killer,” killed his victims after finding them on social media. His victims were aged between 15 and 26.

The killer focused on the depressed and the weak. He clicked through the social media platform, looking for young people posting suicidal comments and thoughts. Keep in mind, Japan has one of the highest suicide rates in the world.

The stalker would communicate with these people and eventually meet them in person; he would then kill them.

According to Yahoo News, Japanese police apprehended Shiraishi while investigating the disappearance of a 23-year-old woman who had reportedly tweeted she wanted to take her own life. “I’m looking for someone to die with me,” she tweeted, using the hashtag “suicide recruitment.”

Shiraishi reportedly found the post and used it to lure the woman to him — the same method he used with his other victims. He drew them all in by drawing upon their personal pain and loneliness. Allegedly, he told her that he could help her commit suicide, and even die alongside her.

Although the Twitter killer used the social media platform to find and hook his victims, Twitter ended up being the vehicle used by the cops to catch him. Police persuaded a young woman to contact the Twitter killer via social media to arrange a meeting, enabling investigators to snag the evil-doer.

Less than a week after victims’ headless bodies were found in Shiraishi’s apartment last month, Twitter released a new set of rules stating that users “may not promote or encourage suicide or self-harm.” However, it stopped short of banning tweets expressing a wish to kill oneself.

According to Yahoo News, “some experts say social media provides an important means of emotional release in a country grappling with strong cultural taboos around suicide and depression and caution against any clampdown.”

But let’s be honest, it’s not just Japan where youngsters are clamoring for help. We’ve got a major drug problem here in the United States — 175 people are overdosing each day to their death, most of them young people. Where do you think they’re finding the drug connections?

Snap Chat, Instagram, Facebook LIVE, Twitter…. the social media platforms that are quick to crack down on political statements with which they don’t align does virtually nothing to crack down on drug promotion, suicide watches, and sexual assaults.

If you call out a liberal for being a troll, odds are high that you could be banned from Facebook. But start posting messages about how lonely you are, or how using drugs is cool, and you’ll be partying tomorrow with killers if anyone wants to join in. Try doing stuff like that for a week on Facebook, and you’ll see that not a single person from the media company will contact you, or report it to the police.

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