In this era of fake news and COVID-19 misinformation, social media giants — and the amplified role they can play in shaping public opinion — have come under intense scrutiny worldwide.

A similar kind of social media reckoning is now catching up with Japan, too, after a recent string of events has accelerated conversations about online harassment and cyberbullying.

While Facebook is the center of the reassessment of social media companies’ role in the United States, it’s Twitter that is seen as the most influential in Japan, where the platform has its second-largest market after the United States.