North Korea's social networking initiative: "another propaganda playground."

Posted: 21 Aug 2010   Print   Send a link
IDG News Service, 20 August 2010, Martyn Williams: "South Korea has begun blocking access to a Twitter account operated by a North Korean Web site. ... The blocking appears to be aimed solely at @Uriminzok Twitter account's main page address ( and is easy to bypass for anyone with a little technical knowledge. Connecting to the same page over a secure Web connection, to, still allows access and retweets of messages from the account can also be seen via the accounts of users that relay the message. ... In the last few days a Facebook group has also been established in the name of the Web site, but it's authenticity cannot be confirmed. It carries links to content on the site and from the YouTube channel, but unlike the other social media efforts it is not listed on the Uriminzokkiri home page. It has also been 'friending' other users, something that the Twitter channel is not doing."

Washington Post, 21 August 2010, Chico Harlan: "Under its stringent National Security Law, the South Korean government gives itself the right to ban access to pro-communist information. Already, Seoul blocks several dozen pro-North Korean or North Korean-run Web sites, though that does not apply to the North Korean YouTube channel, which launched about a month ago."

BBC News, dot.Rory blog, 20 August 2010, Rory Cellan-Jones: "[W]hat really caught my eye was a link to this extraordinary YouTube video. As a colleague put it, it seems to be a kind of Korean West Side Story, and could end up as a viral hit. ... Some hoped that web 2.0 would be all about setting the masses free to express themselves. But for some governments, the likes of Twitter and YouTube just provide another propaganda playground." See previous post about same subject.