Alexander Urtula and girlfriend In-young You. Photo: Suffolk County district attorney

What the ‘death by text’ of an Asian-American college student and Sulli’s K-pop tragedy say about toxic social media

  • The death of Filipino-American Alexander Urtula, whose South Korean girlfriend sent him thousands of abusive text messages, has shocked communities on both sides of the Pacific
  • His case should force a rethink of laws and attitudes to social media and gender-based bullying, experts say
Topic |   South Korea

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Alexander Urtula and girlfriend In-young You. Photo: Suffolk County district attorney
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Crystal Tai

Crystal Tai

Crystal covers business trends and cultural criticism, with a special focus on Northeast Asia, for the Asia desk. Before joining the SCMP, she contributed to Quartz, i-D Magazine, Monocle, Wallpaper, Lonely Planet and other publications. Her broadcast commentary has been featured on BBC Radio, CGTN and other media.