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Groundless Rumors Create More Victims

14:02 July 18, 2016 replay time01:39

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Recently, the rapid spread of groundless rumors on the Internet has increasingly led to police investigations.

Because they spread false information on individuals' private lives and personal identities, the damage is quite severe.

Park Hyo-jung has more.

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This is an account called Gangnam Patch, the recent subject of public attention online.


Pictures and stories of the private lives of employees of bars and clubs attracted the attention of online users, some of which were baseless.

The story about an heir of a chaebol and the wife of a sports star being very close and traveling overseas together is the most recent example.

The heir's side filed a complaint with the police to punish the distributor of the rumor for defamation.

However, because the account had already been deleted and the server is run overseas, an investigation will not be easy.

Similar to this case, there have been more cases being investigated by the police for disseminating baseless rumors.


Members of the Daily Best claimed they found a female teacher rape victim in Sinan-gun but revealed a picture and personal information of a different female teacher.

Likely for initially spreading the rumor that Lee Kun-hee, the CEO of Samsung, had died, the police seized and searched Daily Best and DC Inside.


<Lee Woong-hyuk / Professor of Police Studies in Konkuk University> "This is a serious crime. Because individuals did not agree to allow their information to be released, the damage reaches all the way to the critical level of a person's dignity, and could cause social relations to be severed."

The police are also conducting an investigation about Omega Patch, an account that accuses men of sitting in the subway seats reserved for pregnant women.

Park Hyo-jung reporting for Yonhap News TV.

Yonhap News TV: 02-398-4409 (Report) 4441 (Inquiry on article), KakaoTalk/LINE jebo23

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