On January 5 (KST), JYPE officially announced it's intentions to take strong legal actions against malicious rumors about TWICE. The official announcement is as follows:
"Hello, this is JYP Entertainment.
We announce that from now on we will be taking strong action against all posts and comments on online communities and SNS platforms containing sexually harassing content, malicious rumors, false information, and defaming statements regarding TWICE and their members.
We have been receiving reports and monitoring malicious posts about TWICE, and have continuously checked the degree of the situation.
Recently, we came to the decision that the number and degree of malicious posts have come to a point where we can no longer watch in silence. We officially announce that plan to to take strong actions to protect the rights of our artist, as well as their mental and physical health.
Recently, cases such as theses have generally increased in society, leading to a stronger degree of punishment for the malicious actions happening online.
We're currently in the process of looking over past posts with a legal representative to take action. We also want to notify that we'll be taking the strongest legal action against all malicious acts occurring in the future."