Both SM and JYP Entertainment have issued statements concerning false rumors and malicious comments made about groups EXO and TWICE.
The entertainment industry has once again declared war against false rumors, malicious comments, and internet trolls. Recently, K-pop groups EXO and TWICE have found themselves victims to this round of hate and unfounded claims and vitriol. As a result, their agencies, SM and JYP Entertainment plan to fight back with the law.
In a statement it released on both its official website and on social media, SM Entertainment said that it would take strong measures against the current round of malicious rumors surrounding EXO.
“The content related to our artists, which is currently circulating online, is totally groundless,” stated the agency. “It is spreading to the extent that is can seriously damage [our] artists and our reputation. We will take legal action against those who have been identified [in writing, posting, and disseminating] the rumors.”
Likewise, JYP Entertainment released a similar statement where it said the false information about TWICE hurt the group’s image and will take “all legally available measures” to prosecute the offenders. Furthermore, it plans to inform the original creator of these rumors and those who shared them of their looming legal doom.
According to the entertainment company, these kinds of unfounded rumors is punishable under the Cyber Defamation and Contempt Act. As a result, there is a viable legal channel for agencies like SM and JYPE to take when faced with a situation like this.
Currently, both companies are collecting evidence and looking to move forward with legal action. In particular, JYPE is communicating with its internal legal team as well as external firms.