***** UPDATE #1 *****
Big Hit Entertainment have issued out a new statement addressing the death threats made against BTS' Jimin yesterday.
The company states that while it believes the threats are nothing more than a bad joke from an anti-fan, it is currently working with the local staff and police to increase the security for BTS' upcoming concert at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California.
Here's the statement in full:
“We believe that it is a joke by an anti-fan, but we are taking measures just to be sure. We are working with the local staff and police to enhance the security.”
The Honda Center staff have also responded to these death threats, stating that it is aware of what has been posted up and promising that the staff are working to "increase security" around the venue.
Online trolls have spread awful rumours about BTS and their ARMYs, which has been met with a fierce response.
Trolls started spreading false rumours about BTS' Jimin allegedly hating international fans this week. Things escalated after one particularly toxic user began making death threats towards the BTS member. The troll sent out numerous death threats and graphic pictures of blood and guns, promising to follow up on his threat during BTS' upcoming concert at the Honda Center in the U.S.
Following this threat, ARMYs around the world took action, causing the hashtag #ArmysWillProtectJimin to trend worldwide and the troll's Twitter account to be suspended. ARMYs have also alerted authorities and the management of BTS' next concert location to the situation.
As for the threats, netizens have done some digging into the troll's Twitter account and discovered that all the graphic photos posted up weren't their own and were in fact taken from other websites.
The hashtag #ArmysWillProtectJimin is trending on Twitter.
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