The provider of the Line communications application for smartphones has been urged to take preventive measures against sex crimes after a boy in Kyoto Prefecture was arrested on suspicion of sharing child porn video footage using the app, sources said Thursday.
The Kyoto Prefectural Government and police have called on Line Corp. to take measures to prevent the spread of illegal and harmful information, such as pornography.
According to the company, this was the first time it has received such a request from a local government or police.
The prefecture and police noted that the arrested 17-year-old high school boy in Uji got acquainted with the recipient of the porn video through a third-party app that allows Line users to share an online bulletin board.
Juveniles can become both perpetrators and victims of crimes, the Kyoto authorities told the company. They called on the firm to introduce a system that blocks easy access to illegal and harmful information.
An official at Line said the company has yet to fully study the request and declined further comment.