Following several incidents where the popular chat app has been used to lure teenage girls into malicious and sexual situations, Line has published yesterday an online guide—written in Japanese—for the purpose of protecting its female underage users. “Sadly, there aren’t only good people in the world,” said the guide, and that “girls in particular need to be cautious.”
The online guide includes tips on what to look for when identifying “dangerous individuals” from their chat messages. It made mention of those that would inquire into the details of one’s bust size and weight, those who ask sex-related questions, and those who would pretend to offer modeling contracts or to introduce them to celebrities. Line primarily urges its users to provide their true identities by using their personal mobile numbers to register. It also connects the user’s address book to the app itself. It has a block option to prevent unwanted users from one’s list. The guide also warned the younger users not to provide personal information to strangers, and to refrain from giving out their user IDs online.
Unfortunately, Line has been used to facilitate a series of crimes that were recently reported. One of those is when a 32-year-old man was arrested after using Line to lure a 15-year-old girl into a hotel and committing “improper actions” against her will. The app has also been used for the commission of other crimes such as fraud and bribery.
[via Network World]
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