The K-pop genre -- and especially crown jewel BTS -- is known for its massive, devoted online fanbase. And HYBE plans to keep it that way. The high-power entertainment agency behind BTS, TOMORROWXTOGETHER and Seventeen just took legal action to curb "malicious" online commenters in South Korea.
In a statement published to online fan hub Weverse, HYBE (formerly known as Big Hit Entertainment) says it filed criminal complaints in a South Korean court for defamation and insult against online commenters "who engaged in repeated posting or spreading malicious replies and writings exceeding the boundaries of socially-acceptable expression of opinions" about its roster.
"Our company is committed to the relentless pursuit of perpetrators of malicious postings," the statement reads. "We will continue to initiate strict measures to ensure that perpetrators who engage in these malicious acts are prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and our policy of no settlement and no leniency remains in effect."