On September 29, Big Hit Music shared an update on legal proceedings against malicious commenters and online perpetrators infringing on the rights of the agency's artist BTS.
The agency's state read as follows:
"Hello, this is Big Hit Music.
Our company regularly initiates legal proceedings against perpetrators of malicious activities related to BTS, including defamation, personal attacks, sexual harassment, the spread of groundless information, and ill-intentioned criticism. We would like to provide an update on these activities.
We have recently filed additional criminal complaints against postings with personal attacks and defamation using new information provided by fans as well as collected through our monitoring initiatives.
We have found multiple defamation postings containing false information about the artists on platforms in and outside of Korea. We also have found that a specific poster has been spreading the same ill-intentioned rumor in multiple platforms and filed a criminal complaint against the poster after gathering all of the repetitively uploaded postings.
We are currently following our legal response process which monitors and collects evidence on malicious posts for 365 days and then includes them on the complaint.
Active reporting of our fans has been a big help to our malicious postings monitoring initiatives.
We would also like to share with you that after an extended police investigation, we were able to identify the suspect and the case has been sent to the prosecutor's office.
Big Hit regularly collects information on malicious postings regarding BTS, reports them to the authorities, and files criminal complaints. We would like to stress that we will continue to initiate strict measures to ensure that these malicious acts are not repeated, and our policy of no settlement and no leniency remains in effect.
We ask that you make continued use of our hotline (firstname.lastname@example.org) to report any cases of abuse.
We will continue to work to ensure that the rights of our artists are fully protected.
In particular, the agency was seen referring to a specific incident of defamation involving "a specific poster", leading many to speculate that Big Hit Music may be addressing the recent rumors and allegedly "hacked" photos of BTS's V and BLACKPINK's Jennie.