Posted: 24 Aug 2010Forbes, 23 August 2010, Taylor Buley: "A North Korea government official tells Forbes that the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is not using Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, as reported by thousands of publications worldwide. The accounts are run by government supporters, not government officials, living in Japan and China, not North Korea. Those social media sites are still banned in North Korea, says the official."
RFE/RL, Tangled Web, 23 August 2010, Luke Allnut: "If North Korea were tweeting it would seem to be the final nail in the coffin of the idea that social media -- or even going a bit further back, the Internet -- is somehow an exceptional medium in that it tends to lean toward the progressive and can only serve to emancipate."
See previous posts on 21 August and on 19 August, the latter including Bloomberg's prudent use of the adjectives "purported" and "suspected" in describing the pro-North Korean Twitter account. This social networking effort might be a classic black clandestine effort, with all the messages pro-Kim Jong-il for now, but eventually deviating from the party line, maybe supporting one faction over the other, as a way to sow discord inside the DPRK, or among its supporters.
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