Nov 15, 2017

Jack Dorsey saddened by Japan's 'Twitter killer'

Twitter's chief executive has said a case in which an alleged serial killer is said to have lured victims by searching the social network for suicidal thoughts is "Extremely sad". Jack Dorsey added that it was not realistic to expect the service to auto-delete the kind of tweets said to have been involved. Local reports claim Takahiro Shiraishi contacted his victims - the youngest of whom was 15 - via the social network by telling them he could help them die and in some cases claiming he would kill himself alongside them. His Twitter profile contained the words: "I want to help people who are really in pain. Please DM me anytime." He added that simply deleting suicidal comments would not prevent people killing themselves and that helping connect the right kinds of people could help.

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