Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Don't take the red pill

We all now know that North Korea is on Twitter. But did you know that if you're in South Korea you could be face prosecution if you tweet back? Now you do:
South Korea warned its citizens against commenting on Twitter Inc. messages posted by a suspected North Korean account, saying doing so may break laws banning communication with its communist neighbor.

“People would have to bear in mind that they could be violating the law when they tweet with the account if it is confirmed to be a North Korean one,” Unification Ministry spokeswoman Lee Jong Joo told reporters today in Seoul. The government is investigating the suspected accounts on Twitter and Google Inc.’s YouTube site, she said, without elaborating.

Messages condemning South Korea and the U.S. have been posted on Twitter since Aug. 12 under the name “uriminzok,” meaning “our people,” with links to a website run by the North’s state-run Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea. A YouTube account with a similar name opened on July 14 linked to the same site, which is banned in South Korea.
Well, that sucks. I was all set to friend Kim Jong-un.

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