SBS has shut down the bulletin board on its website for variety show "Running Man," citing malicious comments made against its cast members and the show.
"We decided to set the viewers' bulletin board to private because of abusive language, excessive defamatory remarks and impersonation of cast members. We ask for your understanding," read a statement published on the official website Monday.
The comments started when it was announced that actress Jun So-min would take a one-month break starting in April for unspecified health reasons. Her agency IAM said it notified SBS about her decision and received the broadcaster's approval.
But some speculated that her leave of absence might be related to a social media message that her younger brother disclosed on April 13.
Some internet users threatened Jun, telling her to drop out of the SBS program. "If not, all her family members will receive curse-ridden social media messages every day," one wrote. Another wrote, "Someone should tell her to leave."
SBS decided to shut down the message board to protect the rest of the cast from malicious comments.
source: The Korea Times