SBS’s “Running Man” has made its audience message board private to protect their cast members.

On June 9, an announcement was posted on the official “Running Man” website. It stated, “Due to malicious comments like indiscriminate verbal abuse, excessive slander, and impersonation of cast members, the audience message board will no longer be made public. We ask for the audience’s understanding on this issue.”

Many TV programs in South Korea have audience message boards on their websites, in which viewers can leave comments, discuss episodes with each other, and communicate with the production staff and cast members. These spaces can often be a place to express legitimate criticism of the show, but in cases of excessive hate comments, it can cause harm to the cast members. In a related incident, cast member Jun So Min recently spoke out against someone impersonating her in the “Running Man” group chat.

“Running Man” airs every Sunday at 5 p.m. KST.

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