SEVENTEEN warned that even if malicious comments are written and deleted immediately, they could be subject to prosecution. SEVENTEEN’s agency Pledis Entertainment announced on June 29th that they are taking regular legal action against malicious posts. It includes defamation, insults, sexual harassment, false information, and malicious slander against SEVENTEEN.
Pledis said, “We have filed criminal complaints for defamation (Article 70 of the Act on Promotion of Information and Communications Network Utilization and Information Protection, etc.) and insult (Article 311 of the Criminal Act). This is against perpetrators who engaged in repeated posting or spreading malicious replies and writings exceeding the socially-acceptable expression of opinions on online communities, blogs, and social media.
Particularly, Pledis said, “We filed criminal complaints against perpetrators that included anonymous posters even in the instance of posting created and then deleted to avoid leaving evidence. We performed real-time monitoring to collect and deliver such posting to law enforcement agencies.”
“We ask for your understanding that we may be unable to release further details or comment on pending cases. This is to ensure that we can identify the perpetrators and investigation remains confidential. Also, we would like to make it clear that any attempt to create malicious postings to evade collection of evidence or deliberately misleading law enforcement investigation will result in a stronger response.”
Pledis said, “We are always grateful for the affection and dedication showed by the fans of SEVENTEEN.”
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