SM Entertainment targets rumor spreadersSM Entertainment, one of the country’s largest K-pop music agencies, plans to take greater legal action against those who spread rumors and false information about their artists.
The agency posted a message on their official homepage Friday, saying, “Our artists are currently suffering from incidents regarding leaks of private information and related crimes which are occurring very frequently.”
The company called the spread of celebrity rumors and false information online an “infringement of privacy,” adding that they not only hurt the artists and company, “but also their families and peers as well.”
“We came to the conclusion that these crimes can no longer go unpunished,” SM Entertainment said on the website. “And in order to protect our artists, we will be taking greater initiative regarding this matter.”
The news comes in the wake of a recent incident in which a private Instagram account by YG Entertainment contract star G-Dragon was hacked and revealed to the public, leading to the artist’s private photos being circulated online on Sept. 19.
By Chung Jin-hong