Previously a number of days, quite a lot of headers, profile photos, and tweets have disappeared throughout the vast community of BTS fan Twitter accounts. The perpetrator, the account homeowners say, is a latest barrage of faux DMCA takedown notices. Outcry from followers resulted in #TwitterMaliciousDMCA trending worldwide on Wednesday night time.
The proprietor of a fan account with over 233,000 followers, which posts movies, pictures, and memes associated to the South Korean band, claims that their unique header and profile image, in addition to a number of tweets together with their very own screenshots and memes, have been taken down by the trolls over the previous few weeks.
Per the proprietor’s screenshots, the attackers seem to have reposted the account’s header on a spoof web site in a backdated put up, then claimed to Twitter that the picture was their very own. The spoof web sites seem to have been taken down as of this writing, however the account’s header stays suspended “in response to a report from the copyright holder.”
“Not gonna lie, this has been making me moderately anxious,” the account proprietor tweeted.
Hey, with copyright harassment happening for the previous 24hrs (4 strikes), I’ve determined to go non-public for the subsequent few days – quickly!
— BTS UPDATES⁷ | @BTSdailyinfo (@BTSdailyinfo) November 2, 2021
The group claiming to be behind these assaults calls themselves Workforce Copyright, and purports to be based mostly in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The group’s Fb web page is filled with screenshots indicating that its members are chargeable for the assorted copyright takedowns. It’s additionally filled with threatening and discriminatory posts — the group claims it would “destroy the poisonous fanbase” and criticizes BTS for “promotion of atheism and homosexuality.”
Various distinguished BTS fan accounts, lots of which have thousands and thousands of followers, seem to have been hit by these notices. The profile photos and headers of @bts_worldwide, @charts_k (which tracks the band’s positions on numerous charts), @btsvotingorg (which nudges followers to vote for the artists for music awards), @bts_trans (which shares English translations of the group’s social media posts), and @taehyungpics (which posts periodic photos of BTS member V) are all in copyright limbo as of this writing.
Followers have scrambled to create second accounts, however these nonetheless don’t look like protected — tweets from a backup for Germany’s fan base are presently suspended as a consequence of a copyright declare, whereas the group’s primary account has changed its header and footer with clean colours.
The attackers have even hit the band members a number of occasions. Per screenshots extensively shared amongst BTS followers, takedown notices resulted within the short-term removing of selfies from members RM and Suga that had been posted from the band’s verified account over the summer season, in addition to the transient suspension of an official deal with. (Each pictures and the account have since been reinstated; Hybe, the label that manages BTS, has not responded to an inquiry in regards to the purpose behind their removals.)
Followers throughout Twitter have sprung to motion, aggressively reporting the web page to Fb, tagging Twitter assist in feedback, and flooding Bangladesh’s minister of state for international affairs with tweets. Regardless of these efforts, Workforce Copyright’s web page stays lively as of this writing.
Twitter and Fb haven’t responded to requests for remark.