The BTS members do not need any introduction and have a huge fan following around the world. However, as disappointing as it sounds, the Bangtan Boys also get subjected to trolls, threats, and other ill-intentioned rumors at times. But the K-pop group’s agency BIGHIT Music makes sure to get rid of the unwanted threats as soon as possible. Here is what happened recently that led the agency to take some strong action against the wrongdoers.
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The official statement
On September 29, 2022, BIGHIT Music shared an update on the legal proceedings against online perpetrators and malicious commenters for infringing on the rights of BTS. The agency also issued a lengthy statement on the same.
Here is what it says:
Hello, this is Big Hit Music.
Our company regularly initiates legal proceedings against perpetrators of malicious activities related to BTS, including defamation, personal attacks, sexual harassment, the spread of groundless information, and ill-intentioned criticism. We would like to provide an update on these activities.
We have recently filed additional criminal complaints against postings with personal attacks and defamation using new information provided by fans as well as collected through our monitoring initiatives.
We have found multiple defamation postings containing false information about the artists on platforms in and outside of Korea. We also have found that a specific poster has been spreading the same ill-intentioned rumor in multiple platforms and filed a criminal complaint against the poster after gathering all of the repetitively uploaded postings.
We are currently following our legal response process which monitors and collects evidence on malicious posts for 365 days and then includes them on the complaint.
Active reporting of our fans has been a big help to our malicious postings monitoring initiatives.
We would also like to share with you that after an extended police investigation, we were able to identify the suspect and the case has been sent to the prosecutor’s office.
Big Hit regularly collects information on malicious postings regarding BTS, reports them to the authorities, and files criminal complaints. We would like to stress that we will continue to initiate strict measures to ensure that these malicious acts are not repeated, and our policy of no settlement and no leniency remains in effect.
We ask that you make continued use of our hotline (email@example.com) to report any cases of abuse.
We will continue to work to ensure that the rights of our artists are fully protected.
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Although BIGHIT Music has refrained from giving any details about the said poster with ill-intentioned rumors, many are speculating it may be related to the latest series of leaked photos of BTS member V and BLACKPINK’s Jennie that were reportedly shared by a hacker.