• Kpop fans take down police app

    Date:2 June 2020 Author: ilhaam Bardien

    Korean pop music, or Kpop, has taken the world by storm in the past few years. The fans of this genre are known to be a force to be reckoned with. On Sunday, 31 May, they proved it.

    With the eruption of civil society in the US, in resistance to police brutality and the murder of George Floyd, Kpop fans decided to play their part. The Dallas Police Department put out a request for people to share videos of “illegal activity from the protests” in the city using an app called iWatch Dallas.

    In order to prevent the identification of protesters and the success of the operation in general, Kpop fans took to flooding the software with their fancam videos, The Verge reports.

    Fans overwhelmed the app by spamming it with Kpop tribute videos.

    About a day after the police’s request, the Dallas Police Department confirmed that the app was temporarily down. “Due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily,” they said in a tweet.

    Buzzfeed News also reported that the app received a number of one-star reviews on Google Play and Apple’s App store. The reviews came with Black Lives Matter hashtags and mentions of ACAB (which stands for “all cops are bastards”).

    It has not been confirmed that the Kpop fans were the reason the app crashed, however, it seems like a valid argument to make considering the size of the fan base and their history of a powerful online presence.

    According to Vice, online protesters have been quite successful recently, in more instances than just this one. In May, a website in Ohio, which gave companies the power to report employees who didn’t show up to work during the pandemic, was taken down. A hacker developed a tool which allowed users to upload incorrect information into the website. The submission form was quickly removed from the site.

    Image: Twitter / Wembley Stadium


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