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SKorea Tries To Block Twitter Messages From North

Saturday, 21 Aug 2010 04:00 PM


TOKYO -- The sour state of relations on the Korean Peninsula has led to equally sour relations on the Internet, with North and South Korea now engaged in a micro-battle over micro-blogging, The Washington Post reports.

It started Aug. 12, when North Korea opened a Twitter account, using the popular site to spread propaganda. The South this week responded by trying to block its citizens from accessing the content, threatening offenders with jail. The North, in turn, engineered ways to bypass some of the censorship.

As of Friday, South Korean Internet users who sought out the North's Twitter page instead received a warning from the Korea Communications Standards Commission saying that the site had been banned because of "illegal content."

"The current measure is working effectively enough," said Han Myeong Ho of the agency's illegal-information review division. "But various ways need to be reviewed to completely block access to North Korean accounts."

Using the Twitter name uriminzok, Pyongyang has ventured into the social-media world, mostly by tweeting links to a Web site that vilifies South Korean and U.S. policies, provides official state news accounts and occasionally details modernization work at factories. One Twitter-linked story Thursday mentioned that Kim Jong Il had sent food to two women celebrating their 100th birthdays.

Read the entire story at washingtonpost.com


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