K-Pop fans crash Dallas police force app in support of Black Lives Matter

Fans of K-Pop artists like BTS spammed Dallas police
Fans of K-Pop artists like BTS spammed Dallas police (Image credit: Cindy Ord/WireImage - Getty)

K-Pop fans have caused a police app to crash after they spammed it with videos of their musical heroes.

The Dallas Police Department’s iWatch app allows citizens to report “suspicious or criminal activity,” with users able to upload images, audio clips, video footage or GPS information.

But after authorities asked people to share “video of illegal activity” from the Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend, fans of Korean pop inundated the app with hundreds of pictures and FanCam videos of pop artists – crashing the app in the process.

Later, on the police’s Twitter feed, they reported that: “Due to technical difficulties iWatch Dallas app will be down temporarily.”

That tweet was then spammed with dozens of replies showing more videos, pictures, memes and animated clips.

Many record labels have said they’ll be holding a “Black Out Tuesday” tomorrow (June 2) in support of the protests (opens in new tab), which swept across the US over the weekend.

The demonstrations took place after 46-year-old George Floyd died in Minneapolis after police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds, despite Floyd pleading that he couldn’t breathe.

Chauvin was fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and has now been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. He is due to appear in court on June 8.

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Scott has spent more than 30 years in newspapers and magazines as an editor, production editor, sub-editor, designer, writer and reviewer. After initially joining our news desk in the summer of 2014, he moved to the e-commerce team full-time in 2020. He maintains Louder’s buyer’s guides, scouts out the best deals for music fans and reviews headphones, speakers, books and more. He's written more than 11,000 articles across Louder, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog and has previous written for publications including IGN, the Sunday Mirror, Daily Record and The Herald covering everything from daily news and weekly features, to video games, travel and whisky. Scott grew up listening to rock and prog, cutting his teeth on bands such as Marillion and Magnum before his focus shifted to alternative and post-punk in the late 80s. His favourite bands are Fields Of The Nephilim, The Cure, New Model Army, All About Eve, The Mission, Ned's Atomic Dustbin and Drab Majesty, but he also still has a deep love of Rush.