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ARMYs Too Passionate? ‘Jimin Bar’, BTS Jimin’s Fan Club, Receives 60-Day Ban On Weibo!

by Victoria Marian Belmis / Sep 06, 2021 05:55 AM EDT
BTS' Jimin

Just recently, it was reported that Jimin Bar, a Chinese fan club for BTS' Jimin, got a ban from Weibo. The reason was due to the recent crowdfunding for a tremendous airplane advertisement to celebrate Jimin's birthday.

The fans under Jimin Bar have been planning an advertisement by placing a birthday banner for BTS' Jimin on a JejuAir airplane. Notably, the ban aligns with the Chinese authorities' efforts to stop fans from doing 'irrational' activities. 

Read Weibo's announcement below:

"Weibo Community Announcement

Since Cyberspace Administration of China announced "Additional Measures To Clean Up Fandom Chaos", Weibo has been doing related clean-up as requested, posting several announcements to advocate supporting celebrities within reason and to maintain order within this community. Netizens reported to us that, in April, an account started a crowdfunding event for a "customized airplane" on other platforms, which violated the rules. Recently, they posted the results of the event on Weibo. The contents of the post included elements of inducing and comparing, which is a serious issue. We immediately banned the account JIMIN_JMC (also known as Jimin Bar) from posting for 60 days and deleted the related Weibo posts. Weibo is strictly against the irrational support of celebrities, and is ready to take serious actions. Weibo remains committed to fulfill our social and corporate responsibilities, and has strengthened our governance over fandoms in order to clean up their online conduct. Our entire platform is using the same standards while governing and setting the rules, without a single difference. Once an act of supporting a celebrity is determined to be irrational, we will deal with it seriously. Going forward, we will continue to make periodic announcements on actions taken. We all need to work hard together in order to clean up the fandoms; our users are welcomed to give us tips and feedback on this matter."

The final verdict is that Jimin Bar is banned from posting on the popular platform for 60 days! Furthermore, Jimin Bar has not released any statement regarding the ban, perhaps due to the temporary ban.

Stay tuned for more updates regarding the ban on Jimin Bar.

Prior to this, Tzuyu Bar, TWICE Tzuyu's fandom, has recently been called out by the Chinese Authorities.

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