The Dallas Police Department on May 31 that they were looking for people to submit videos of what they referred to as illegal activity from the past weekends protests in response to the . If you have a video of illegal activity and are trying to share it, they wrote, you can download it to our iWatch Dallas app.
When K-Pop fans noticed this, they chose to respond in their own unique way. Instead of assisting them in their mission, they began to spam the app with photos and videos from their favorite artists, purposely malfunctioning the system. The result? Dallas PD had to tweet a confirmation that the app would be shut down temporarily due to technical difficulties.
also reported at the time that people were leaving on the app as well to ensure no one uses it, demanding justice for the situation and highlighting the Black Lives Matter movement.
Im in pic.twitter.com/lXUAQ8wI6b (@cockyixing)
And if you think that this was the only incident that occurred with the fans, then youd be sadly mistaken. It turns out that K-Pop stans have been encouraging each other to follow suit nationwide with their own videos in order to belittle the police's doings and stand up for the right to assemble.
here i found this giant korean woman that was destroying property! jail! pic.twitter.com/eMSFeIg1a7 eve (@agustdpop)
Just like what happened with the Dallas PD, when the Philadelphia Fire Department asked for submissions of people starting fires amid the protest, K-Pop fans spammed their Twitter accounts. When the Police Department asked their followers to use the hashtag to relay information, videos featuring bands like BTS flooded their responses instead. Grand Rapids Police also had a similar scenario occur over the weekend, with one viral twee t stating, You know the drill! in response to an ask from them to upload incriminating photos to a portal.
does this categorize as public rioting pic.twitter.com/tpcLpf3iXY ester (@tkselca)
you know the drill! SEND IN ALL OF YOUR FANCAMS!!! CRASH THE WEBSITE!!! MAKE THEM TAKE IT DOWN!!! PROTECT THE PROTESTERS!!! https://t.co/tNTjsvhTBy j (@ngelwy)
For a hardcore fanbase that can sometimes annoy social media users for the constant spamming of bands like BTS, EXO, Blackpink and Twice (even when it's not relevant), its refreshing to see that K-Pop stans leading the way in groups targeting police brutality and supporting the ever-growing movement with their own unique twist. But it can leave some for concern about privacy.
As one Twitter user pointed out, be informed and make sure of the permissions of personal data on apps, especially if you plan on using them for political purposes.