The average monthly salary of YouTubers in 2019 was 9.34 million won ($8,041), three times the average for a regular office worker in Korea. A majority of that income came from corporate sponsorships, not from advertising on the platform.
Singer and actor Bae Seul-ki and her boyfriend, YouTuber Shim Lee-seob, pose for their prewedding shoot. Bae announced she will be getting married in a hand-written letter through her official Instagram account on Thursday.
Popular YouTubers are making donations to areas facing flood damage due to the particularly heavy rainy season. After a myriad of controversies concerning YouTubers, in which many of them came forward to admit they haven’t been properly notifying..
In the past few weeks, more than 70 YouTubers in Korea have apologized for taking money in exchange for undeclared product placements in their videos. The list includes big names in Korea’s YouTube scene like Boki, Tzuyang and YangPang.
Mun Gi-yeon, who runs “Eat with Boki,” apologized profusely on Tuesday, admitting that she had taken payments for some of her videos, which show her trying food. The subscribers, which number 4.6 million, were not told about the payments.
The government announced a new set of guidelines Tuesday to protect children and teenagers appearing on live-streamed videos.
Korean tax authorities say they plan to focus a spotlight on the country's top YouTubers, social media influencers and other content creators who attempt to dodge taxes by under-declaring income earned from global IT firms.