MANILA, Philippines – On-line shopping platform, Shopee Philippines made an apology to fans of BLACKPINK (called Blinks) for “issues” involving a meet and greet they organized.
Shopee made a statement late Thursday evening, June 6 saying, “All of us at Shopee would like to sincerely apologize to users and fans of Shopee and BLACKPINK for the issues involving the Shopee x BLACKPINK meet-and-greet today in Manila.”
“The event fell short of the high standards that Shopee users and BLACKPINK fans expect, and we hear our community’s feedback loud and clear. Although we took immediate steps as soon as we discovered our errors to ensure the rightful winners of our contest could claim their prizes, we know that the entire process caused confusion, disappointment, and upset for many Shopee users and BLACKPINK fans,” the statement added.
BLACKPINK returned to Manila on June 6 for a swift meet-and-greet event at the Samsung Hall at SM Aura in Taguig City.
Filipino Blinks turned to social media on Thursday to criticize Shopee for allegedly “scamming” them out of a chance to meet BLACKPINK. The hashtag #ShopeeScam trended both in the Philippines and worldwide on Thursday.
“We are reaching out to all those affected by this issue, and we are also taking steps to ensure that such an incident does not occur again in the future,” Shopee concluded.