South Korean portal to disable entertainment comments after death of K-pop star Sulli

The decision to switch off the comments section, which will take effect this month, was part of operator Kakao's longstanding efforts to stamp out unacceptable comment, such as hate expression.
The decision to switch off the comments section, which will take effect this month, was part of operator Kakao's longstanding efforts to stamp out unacceptable comment, such as hate expression.PHOTOS: SCREENGRAB FROM DAUM, REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Major South Korean portal Daum will temporarily close its comments sections on entertainment news, operator Kakao Corp said on Friday (Oct 25), after the death of a K-pop star who had opposed cyber bullying.

Sulli, a former member of top South Korean girl group f(x), was found dead on Oct 14 aged 25, with police saying she had been suffering from severe depression.

Her apparent suicide prompted an outpouring of grief and calls to rein in the cyber bullying many K-pop stars face.

"Many agree that the degree of insults that occur through comments under entertainment news sections has reached a level that harms the health of the public," Kakao Corp officials said in a statement citing the "recently devastating news".

The decision to switch off the comments, which will take effect this month, was part of Kakao's longstanding efforts to stamp out unacceptable comment, such as hate expression, it added.