“MAKE THEIR JOBS AS HARD AS POSSIBLE!!! GET THEM FRUSTRATED!!! MAKE THEM TAKE DOWN THE APP!!!” tweeted one account while encouraging followers to download the app. Other accounts replied to the Dallas Police’s tweets with K-pop videos, memes, and GIFs.On social media, K-pop fans are a force to be reckoned with. They are known for their enthusiastic stanning of Korean idol groups like BTS and BLACKPINK, often responding to completely unrelated posts with videos and memes of their favorite K-pop dreamboats. K-pop fans have also amplified popular protest- and social justice-related hashtags and were instrumental in making tweets published by accounts claiming to be the hacktivist group Anonymous go viral. As the uprisings against police brutality continued on Sunday, some fans channeled that enthusiasm to stand in solidarity with the protests, encouraging followers not to trend any hashtags and instead use their massive numbers to spread messages of support for the Black Lives Matter movement.
Fans also targeted an evidence portal used by police in Grand Rapids, Michigan, which is maintained by Axon, the rebranded police tech company infamous for making Taser stun guns.It’s not the first time online protesters have slowed the gears of state power by flooding tiplines with junk data. Last month, a hacker released a script that enables users to continuously submit fake data to an Ohio website that allowed companies to report employees who refused to come into work during the pandemic. The Ohio state government later announced it would no longer be using the reports to kick people off unemployment, and the submission form was completely removed from its website soon after.