The K-Pop world was devastated when K-Pop actress and singer Sulli was confirmed to have died by suicide on Monday, several weeks ago, October 14, 2019.
Speculations abound, but many believe that the reason why she took her life was the mounting pressures of handling online insults and abuses by cyberbullies. This in turn inspired many of Sulli and f(x)—Sulli’s K-Pop group—to turn to the website of the presidential Blue House to file a petition urging the government to enact a policy where online users are required to show their actual names before posting comments.
In Korean popular culture, news websites like Naver and Daum allow users to leave anonymous comments, often hateful and abusive, because there exists no efficient way to track and pursue legal action against them.
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The policy is nothing new—in fact according to Reuters.com, related bills have been languishing for years in parliament amid heated debate. Perhaps Sulli’s death, despite being a tragedy, might be the catalyst to spark this new online policy.
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