The Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) has made its determination on the wonderful for vote manipulation in Mnet’s “Produce 101” sequence.
Back in August, the KCSC announced that fines can be imposed on all 4 seasons of the “Produce 101” sequence for “an unprecedented degree of manipulation.” This is the KCSC’s highest degree of sanction attainable.
Following the finale of “Produce X 101” in July 2019, the present got here beneath hearth for obvious rigging of viewers’ paid votes that decided the ultimate group lineup. An investigation uncovered proof of vote manipulation in every of the 4 seasons of the present. The KCSC said in August, “Not solely did they manipulate the outcomes, deceive the viewers, and impede truthful public notion, however probably the most severe situation is the betrayal of the laborious work of the contributors within the audition program.” It was introduced on the time that the wonderful quantity can be determined in a while.
During a gathering on September 14, the KCSC selected a wonderful of 30 million received (roughly $25,400) for every of the seasons of the present (“Produce 101,” “Produce 101 Season 2,” “Produce 48,” and “Produce X 101”), which is the utmost wonderful that they will impose in keeping with present legislation. This means a complete wonderful of 120 million received (roughly $101,500) for the sequence as a complete.
The KCSC said, “In addition to the extreme injury carried out to the viewers and contributors, it’s a major problem that the community didn’t have any verification system in place, regardless of nearly 4 years of systematic manipulation of the outcomes of viewer votes.”
In May, producing director Ahn Joon Young, chief producer Kim Yong Bum, and 6 leisure company representatives have been sentenced for expenses associated to the “Produce 101” vote manipulation case. Ahn Joon Young and Kim Yong Bum, in addition to the prosecution, have appealed the sentences, and the second trial is ongoing.
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