3 Youths Arrested for Deleting LINE@ Accounts of Rival

Society Lifestyle

Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--Tokyo police have served fresh arrest warrants on three youths, on suspicion of deleting a rival's accounts on a Line Corp. <3938> platform for use by businesses and others to distribute information.

The three arrested by the Metropolitan Police Department for suspected obstruction of business include an 18-year-old correspondence high school third-grader in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward. All of them admitted the allegations, saying that they deleted the rival's accounts in an attempt to increase their revenue, according to the police.

They are suspected of deleting four LINE@ accounts of an 18-year-old correspondence high school third-grader in the city of Hokuto in the northernmost Japan prefecture of Hokkaido while they were in a car traveling in Tokyo around 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 22 (8:30 a.m. GMT).

According to the police, the youth in Hokkaido distributed dance videos and love stories targeting mainly junior high and high school students through his LINE@ accounts. He had a total of some two million followers for the four accounts, gaining ad revenue of some 10 million yen a year.

The three arrested people also received revenue through the LINE@ platform and were in a rivalry with the Hokkaido youth.

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