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Anger Mounts over Deepfake Porn Targeting Korean Female Celebs; More than 330,000 Sign Petition

Anger Mounts over Deepfake Porn Targeting Korean Female Celebs; More than 330,000 Sign Petition

SEOUL, Jan. 14 (Korea Bizwire) — Following a heated scandal over Luda, a chatbot that ended up being unplugged amid controversies over its hypersexualization and unfiltered comments on sexual minorities, South Korea faces another socio-technological issue on how to tackle artificial intelligence technology that targets real, living celebrities as victims of deepfake porn. On Wednesday, [...]

Celebrities Embroiled in Accusations of Academic Plagiarism

Celebrities Embroiled in Accusations of Academic Plagiarism

SEOUL, Jan. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — A number of South Korean celebrities have recently come under fire for plagiarizing academic papers. Singer Hong Jin-young and popular history lecturer Seol Min-seok recently issued official apologies following accusations that they had committed plagiarism while writing their master’s theses. Experts argue that thesis requirements for public figures and [...]

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

Revised Law to Allow Prominent Pop Celebrities to Defer Enlistment

SEOUL, Dec. 22 (Korea Bizwire) — The government on Tuesday promulgated a revised law that allows pop culture celebrities credited with contributing to improving the country’s image to postpone their mandatory military service, the defense ministry said. The revised Military Service Act — which passed the National Assembly early this month and was approved by [...]

Automakers Scramble to Recruit Superstars as Brand Ambassadors

Automakers Scramble to Recruit Superstars as Brand Ambassadors

SEOUL, Sept. 7 (Korea Bizwire) — Automakers are gaining attention after appointing popular celebrities as brand ambassadors, despite the lack of in-person interaction with consumers following the coronavirus outbreak. Hyundai Motor Co. has appointed K-pop sensation BTS as brand ambassadors for IONIQ, Hyundai’s EV brand. The company recently unveiled a song and music video titled [...]

S. Korean Celebrities Read Books to Housebound Children

S. Korean Celebrities Read Books to Housebound Children

SEOUL, April 10 (Korea Bizwire) — Save the Children, a nongovernment organization for international relief and development, is conducting a “Save with Stories” challenge in which popular stars read fairy tales. The challenge was arranged with a number of South Korean celebrities reading children’s stories out loud to help kids who are home-bound during quarantine [...]

Celebrities Exposed to Social Media Comments After Death

Celebrities Exposed to Social Media Comments After Death

SEOUL, Jan. 28 (Korea Bizwire) — The social media accounts of celebrities who committed suicide after suffering from malicious comments are still exposed to negative comments. The Instagram account of singer and actress Sulli, who passed away in October last year, has been visited by a steady stream of Internet users. Some 100 comments were [...]

S. Korean Celebrities Hounded by Stalkers

S. Korean Celebrities Hounded by Stalkers

SEOUL, Dec. 18 (Korea Bizwire) — For many celebrities, going off camera is the only chance for rest. Even that, however, is becoming increasingly difficult when they are followed by overly enthusiastic fans who are constantly probing into every aspect of their private lives. Celebrities in South Korea have begun to talk about the pain [...]

Netizens Volunteer to Remove Malicious Search Keywords for Celebrities

Netizens Volunteer to Remove Malicious Search Keywords for Celebrities

SEOUL, Nov. 25 (Korea Bizwire) — Typing in the name of a girl group celebrity on a search portal returns with insulting ‘suggest keywords,’ including some related to the exposure of certain parts of the body. These keywords remain on the internet despite the risk of defamation and sexual harassment against the celebrities in question. [...]