|L-R: Bailey, 12 and Kenzo, 18|
MANILA, PHILIPPINES. Bailey May, 12, and Kenzo Gutierrez, 18, both housemates of ABS CBN Pinoy Big Brother (PBB) 737 have been subjected to 'bromance' rumors circulating in the social media recently.
This prompted the ABS CBN management to shut down the show's free live stream on cable TV and online starting tonight, July 3.
Below is the full text of the statement released by the Kapamilya network:
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 attempts to put the housemates in a bad light. They misled the public by manipulating the images to put malice to otherwise innocent acts.
ANS 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 cyber bullying. 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 live streaming of the program on cable TV and online starting tonight. We appeal to the public to stop perpetuating abuse and use social media responsibly.
Recently, the network executives' attention were called by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) due to the show's content.