S. Korean portal to disable entertainment comments after death of K-pop star Sulli

This undated photo released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019 shows Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x). — Yonhap/AFP pic
This undated photo released by Yonhap in Seoul on October 14, 2019 shows Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x). — Yonhap/AFP pic

SEOUL, Oct 25 — Major South Korean portal Daum will temporarily close its comments sections on entertainment news, operator Kakao Corp said today, after the death of a K-pop star who had opposed cyber bullying.

Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x), who had spoken out against cyber bullying, was found dead on October 14 aged 25, with police saying she had been suffering from severe depression.

Her apparent suicide prompted an outpouring of grief and calls to rein in the cyber bulling many K-pop stars face.

“Many agree that the degree of insults that occur through comments under entertainment news sections has reached a level that harms the health of the public,” Kakao Corp officials said in a statement citing the “recently devastating news”.

The decision to switch off the comments, which will take effect this month, was part of Kakao’s long-standing efforts to stamp out unacceptable comment, such as hate expression, it added. — Reuters

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