K-pop fan groups may spread misinformation, like some other online communities – especially in defence of their favourite idols

Whether they are supporting a political viewpoint or defending their favourite acts on social media, K-pop fans increasingly quote “alternative facts” to defend their heroes.A recent instance of this began on August 12, when a former member of boy band BigBang, Seungri, was sentenced to three years in prison for a series of crimes, including arranging prostitution for potential business investors.“It is hard to see the defendant was not aware of financial payments paid to the women for sex. It…

K-pop fan groups may spread misinformation, like some other online communities – especially in defence of their favourite idols
Whether they are supporting a political viewpoint or defending their favourite acts on social media, K-pop fans increasingly quote “alternative facts” to defend their heroes.A recent instance of this began on August 12, when a former member of boy band BigBang, Seungri, was sentenced to three years in prison for a series of crimes, including arranging prostitution for potential business investors.“It is hard to see the defendant was not aware of financial payments paid to the women for sex. It…