February 20th, 2020

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SM Entertainment release statement that Chen will stay in EXO



On February 20, SM Entertainment shared the following statement:

Hello. This is SM Entertainment.

This is a statement regarding the stance of EXO members and the agency regarding the future direction of EXO’s activities.
As EXO’s management agency, we have prioritized the members’ opinions regarding important matters including the direction of the team and members’ activities.

Before officially announcing the marriage of member Chen, there was discussion exchanged with the EXO members. As much as the EXO members have all experienced the pain of members leaving, they expressed their intention that they want to continue together as they have until now. The agency also respected this opinion of the members, and there will be no changes in EXO’s member [lineup].

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source: @soompi, soompi, naver
Park Siyeon
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Naver are turning off their comments section on entertainment articles



Portal site Naver is tentatively removing the comment feature on entertainment news articles and also disabling its related search term service.

On February 19, Naver’s operations team posted on its official blog to say, “Despite many different attempts to protect two-sided conversations, one of the internet’s fundamental valuable aspects, we became increasingly concerned when we considered the unique case of celebrities, who are the subject of a large amount of attention.”

They continued, “There are increasing concerns about the violation of celebrities’ personal rights online, and as we provide a space within Naver’s entertainment news article comments that has ended up including everything from celebrities’ work to their private lives, we feel responsibility regarding the issue of the violation of celebrities’ personal rights.”

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source: @soompi, soompi, naver
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FNC Entertainment will reportedly launch a new boy group by this summer



source: theseoulstory, naver
Sam Kim
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Shincheonji Church of Jesus Cult in the center of coronavirus outbreak in Daegu



- Daegu is becoming a hot bed of COVID-19 infections with nearly 40 new cases reported in just two days
- Among the new cases, 39 people are linked with the Sincheonji Church of Jesus, a Christian sect to which a 61-year-old woman, who tested positive Tuesday, belongs. She is being considered as a potential "superspreader"
- KCDC Director Jung Eun-kyeong said 1,001 church members who attended services with the woman are now in self-isolation at home
- Cult is instructing members to not cooperate with authorities and continue proselytizing outdoors EDIT: Church says the messages did not reflect its official policy and that it had disciplined the person who sent them out.
- "Shincheonji Corona" (신천지 코로나) is the most searched term on Naver at the moment, similar to yesterday
[more info on the sect]"Shincheonji Church of Jesus, The Temple of the Tabernacle of the Testimony" is a sect founded in 1984 by Lee Man-hee who is identified as the ‘Promised Pastor’ who supersedes Jesus. He teaches that he is the second coming of Jesus Christ, or the messiah.

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source: @KoreanUpdates, naver, koreaherald, nocutnews via @AskaKorean, bloomberg, koreatimescokr, koryodynasty 1 2, yonhaptweet, TheKoreaHerald, nytimes

Edit: Added clarification! Also, there's an interesting new NYTimes article for further reading.
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“Music Bank” Releases Statement On IZ*ONE’s Upcoming Appearance

On February 20, the chief producer (CP) of KBS’s “Music Bank” released a statement about IZ*ONE’s upcoming appearance on the show and confirmed that they will be performing on the February 21 broadcast.

On February 14, “Music Bank” aired a preview showing that IZ*ONE would be performing the following week. In response, thousands of viewer petitions were filed with the KBS Viewer Rights’ Center either protesting or approving IZ*ONE’s appearance.
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Sources: Soompi, Naver
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Teaser Roundup: ITZY, Treasure, Spectrum, Victon, Yook Sungjae, Elris



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source: ITZYofficial, ygent_official, spectrum_0510, victon1109, cubeunited, Elris