'Pinoy Big Brother' housemates Kenzo Gutierrez and Bailey May. ABS-CBN
MANILA - Starting Friday night, ABS-CBN is shutting down the 24/7 livestreaming of its reality show "Pinoy Big Brother 737" (PBB) amid the controversy involving housemates Bailey May and Kenzo Gutierrez.
In a statement, ABS-CBN Corporate Communications Head Kane Errol Choa said the network has taken a stand against the cyberbullying of May, 12, and Gutierrez, 18, whose close relationship has become the subject of malicious posts online.
The ongoing "PBB," its 12th edition overall which also marks its 10th anniversary, opened in June with 11 teen houseamtes. Aside from its nightly telecasts, the program was available to livestream online, on mobile and on cable TV.
The termination of "PBB's" livestreaming services also comes two weeks after the Movie and Television Review and Classification Boardm, in a letter dated June 24, summoned executives of ABS-CBN over "numerous feedback and complaints" about the show.
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Here is ABS-CBN's full statement regarding "PBB":
"'Pinoy Big Brother 737' housemates Bailey May, 12, and Kenzo Gutierrez, 18, have recently been the subject of malicious posts that have gone viral on social media.
"These posts are made by irresponsible netizens who maliciously take screenshots from the program's live stream and weave a narrative that is not only far from the truth, but also attempt to put the housemates in a bad light. They mislead the public by manipulating the images to put malice to otherwise innocent acts.
"ABS-CBN vehemently condemns these irresponsible social media posts that malign the reputation of the housemates.
"We are concerned with the welfare of our young housemates and it is our responsibility to protect them.
"We will not allow them to be subjected to cyberbullying. We will not tolerate the abuse of social media.
"To put a stop to this, ABS-CBN is taking a stand on the issue by shutting down the free 24/7 livestreaming of the program on cable TV and online starting tonight. We appeal to the public to stop perpetuating abuse and use social media responsibly."