Following the information of what Koreans named the “Slave Chatroom,” an exploitative group chatroom created by a consumer recognized as “American Guy,” Twitter has seen a surge of #ProtectTWICE and related hashtags — trended by TWICE followers demanding JYP Entertainment to take motion towards the malicious and even sexually harassing rumors being unfold concerning the woman group.
According to Korean media Kookmin Ilbo‘s report, the “Slave Chatroom” is created by “American Guy”, who is allegedly an IZ*ONE fan — trying to seek revenge on IZ*ONE haters by trapping them in these chatting rooms. In a post uploaded to the Korean community site DCInside, “American Guy” is said to have proudly claimed that he “created a system” of “enslaving” IZ*ONE’s haters.
Koreans grew to become extraordinarily involved as this “Slave Chatroom” system by “American Guy” appeared extraordinarily related in nature to the “Nth Room” system — although the latter advanced round sexual exploitation.
The report revealed that “American Guy” would monitor down on-line customers who’ve left malicious feedback towards IZ*ONE, uncover their personal info like their names, footage, telephone numbers, and addresses, after which threaten to leak the found info in the event that they don’t take part within the “Slave Chatroom.” In reality, when some refused to enter the chatroom or tried to depart it after having entered, “American Guy” wouldn’t solely leak their personal info on-line, but in addition threaten to show them and the collected proof over to the police for precise investigation.
In the “Slave Chatroom,” divided into smaller sub-chatrooms of 10-12 individuals, the individuals had been then pressured to remain on “shifts” to observe the web neighborhood websites for any negativity towards IZ*ONE. The individuals additionally had to make use of the “American Guy” technique to gather extra individuals like themselves. According to Kookmin Ilbo, the mentioned chatroom has grown to have not less than 80 individuals collected this fashion — together with minors as younger as elementary faculty age.
Then, a TWICE fan by the Twitter deal with @_LightOfDawn_ uncovered “American Guy,” primarily based on screenshots taken from an alleged dialog between the fan and an nameless tipper who had info on “American Guy.”
According to those screenshots — with unique translations by @_LightOfDawn_, “American Guy” not solely exploited IZ*ONE’s malicious commenters by trapping them in chatrooms…
… but in addition actively unfold rumors about different woman teams like TWICE and NiziU.
Shocked by the revelations, TWICE followers started circulating the screenshots from @_LightOfDawn_ and trending the hashtags #ProtectTWICE and #ListenToUs_JYPE to demand the company to take motion towards “American Guy.”
안녕하세요, Respect TWICE 입니다.
현재 JYPE의 아티스트 보호에 대한 총공을 준비중에 있습니다. 준비되는 대로 공지하도록 하겠습니다.
Hello, we’re Respect TWICE.
We are making ready a mass mailing about JYPE’s artist safety. We’ll discover you after we are prepared.#ProtectTWICE
— Respect TWICE 총공계 (@_Respect_TWICE_) March 13, 2021
While TWICE followers rally to carry the perpetrator to justice, “American Guy” is reportedly insisting that he has not crossed any authorized boundaries in working the chatrooms. Lawyer Cho Hee Yeon of Lee Jeong Law Firm suggested, nevertheless, that he’s prone to obtain a stronger sentence if taken to court docket.
He could possibly be charged for blackmailing and coercion. Seeing that he additionally leaked the victims’ personal info, he could possibly be charged for the violation of the Personal Information Protection Act. As many have fallen sufferer to him, he’s prone to obtain a stronger sentence if taken to court docket.
— Lawyer Cho Hee Yeon
That being mentioned, “JYPE” has additionally begun trending on Twitter with extra followers coming to help the motion to push the company to guard TWICE members from additional on-line harassment and to hunt motion towards “American Guy.”