South Korea blocks access to North Korea Twitter page


Two weeks ago, North Korea began to spread its online propaganda campaign by starting a Twitter account. Ten communistic messages have been posted so far under the name “uriminzok”, which means “our people” in Korean.  Most of the messages linked to anti-South Korea and anti-US statements on the official website of the North Korean assembly for propaganda regime. 

A screenshot of the first North Korean Twitter page.

Then, the South Korean government has asked domestic Internet service providers (KT, Hanaro, etc.) to block Korean access to this Twitter account due to national security. The decision was made Tuesday to stem the rapid increase of subscriptions by South Koreans.

Last month, North Korea created its own YouTube channel, uploading video clips that praises Kim Jong-il and defends itself against allegations over the sinking of a battleship near the inter-Korean maritime border which happened in July. Considering these incidents, we assume that the North Korean government – one of the most reclusive countries in the world – is trying to step up its propaganda works by using social media.
For now, a warning page pops up when an attempting to access A similar page shows up if one tries to enter Web pages showing North Korea‘s propaganda material. The block regards as a confirmation that South Korean government considers this Twitter page as being directly related to the Kim Jong-il regime.

Yesterday, the South Korean government announced that its citizens cannot access this Twitter page unless this webpage gain government clearance. Not only that, it may be considered illegal to communicate with the North Korean Twitter account (e.g. following, retweeting).

Nevertheless, according to Joong-ang Daily, the number of followers is quickly increasing from all over the world and has surpassed more than 1,400 as it draws increasing global media attention. Koreans, who study or live abroad like me, can easily access North Korean websites filled with propaganda messages, which could be the serious national security issue in the future.  Thus, considering the massive influence of Twitter among young people, the South Korean government should try harder to regulate this uncontrollable phenomenon.


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  2. Dongwoo Kim says:

    Interesting. It is often surprising how the South Korean government tries to play the ‘Big Brother’ despite being a well-developed country. I just wrote a post about the hacking of North Korean website, and was referred to your blog. You seem to post many interesting things regarding Korea, so I will subscribe to it. Cheers!

  3. Mandy Yeh says:

    Hi Ji Yoon,

    I had no idea the North Korean government created a Twitter account. I’m surprised they have even taken the initiative to be active in social media since they heavily regulate media outlets. I guess they see this as another beneficial tool to push their propaganda.

    I checked out their Twitter page earlier and they now have more than 10,000 followers. That’s pretty impressive for only being on Twitter for a little over a month. I’m just curious…what do some of the tweets actually say? Do the people who tweet identify themselves?

    I understand the South Korean government wants to protect its people from the North Korean regime, but I almost think it would be better for the South Koreans to see the propaganda efforts on this Twitter account. It would be an opportunity for South Koreans to debunk these lies and potentially be the catalyst to the fall of the North Korean regime. The last comment might be far fetched because I know there is a lot of debate in Korea over support for the fall of the regime amongst different generations.

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