The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department have searched 10 properties related to the popular Japanese online bulletin board 2channel on the basis that its operators assisted drug deals by failing to delete a post in which a user was offering to sell drugs.
According to Fuji TV, the searches were conducted in locations where it was believed server administration and content curation was carried out because it was not clear who administers 2channel at present or how the message board is operated.
Police said Thursday they have searched 10 locations since last November, including a Sapporo-based computer company responsible for the deletion of inappropriate posts.
It is unusual for the operator of a webpage to be subjected to a criminal investigations for a message a user has posted on it, Fuji quoted legal experts as saying.
According to police, 2channel allegedly failed to delete a message posted by a 54-year-old unemployed man on May 7 last year offering to sell illegal stimulants and syringes. The man has been arrested on suspicion of violating the Stimulants Control Law.
A man and a woman who allegedly bought drugs from the man have also been arrested, they added.
2Channel creator Hiroyuki Nishimura wrote in one of his books that he no longer served as an administrator of the forum after selling it to a Singaporean firm.
Police have repeatedly urged 2channel to delete messages pertaining to illegal activities, but they say the bulletin board has not always responded.© Japan Today