On October 14, YG Entertainment officially announced its intention to begin taking strong legal action against severe accounts of malicious rumors, defamation of character, etc, against the label's artists.
The agency stated,
"Hello, this is YG Entertainment.
First, we would like to sincerely thank all fans who cheer on our YG Entertainment artists.
Until now, YG Entertainment has felt that as individuals who are at the center of public attention and affection, it was necessary for our label artists to bear with certain degrees of criticism or slander, which is why the label has refrained from legal action.
However, the amount of malicious rumors, personal attacks, mockery, sexual harassment, and infringement of privacy has surged without discretion, and we now feel the weight of responsibility in that it is difficult to continue observing the reality without speaking up.
Thus, the agency began monitoring various content reported by fans which infringe on our artists' rights since early this year, and we felt the need to thoroughly investigate cases in which the degree of infringement was severe.
Now, we would like to notify that those who persistently and maliciously spread false rumors regarding our artists will soon be notified of criminal lawsuits and investigation for defamation of character, slander, and interference of business.
Furthermore, YG Entertainment plans on pursuing strict legal action in any future cases in which our artists are severely defamed and damaged.
The reports sent in by fans are a great help, and so we would like to extend our gratitude. The agency is monitoring the content reported by fans closely, and we request that you continue to actively send us reports if you see malicious activity against our artists.
YG Entertainment will become an agency which puts in tireless effort in order to protect all label artists."
Meanwhile, YG Entertainment is home to artists including Big Bang, WINNER, iKON, BLACKPINK, TREASURE, and more.