S.Koreans tweeting with N.Korea to be punished: officials

Dec 21, 2010
A girl logs in to her twitter account on October 2010. South Koreans trying to tweet with North Korea will be punished, Seoul officials have warned, as the communist state ratchets up an online propaganda drive via popular websites such as Twitter and YouTube.

South Koreans trying to tweet with North Korea will be punished, Seoul officials have warned, as the communist state ratchets up an online propaganda drive via popular websites such as Twitter and YouTube.

The Justice Ministry, in its 2011 operation plan, said those who forward the North's postings to others or post comments on its postings via "retweet" or "reply" will face punishment.

There was no information on what kind of punishment the offenders will face.

"This is a measure in response to North Korea's recent attacks on the South Korean navy ship Cheonan and Yeonpyeong island, which signified the importance of national security," JoongAng Daily quoted deputy Justice Minister Hwang Hee-Chul as saying.

Hwang was referring to the North's alleged torpedo attack on a Seoul warship that killed 46 sailors in March, and the November 23 shelling attack on the border island that left four South Koreans dead.

The communist North in August joined Twitter under the name @uriminzok (our own nationals), months after its foray into popular video-sharing site, YouTube.

It has more than 10,000 followers and has made more than 600 postings on YouTube, criticising and the United States and denying Seoul's accusation that Pyongyang attacked the warship.

, one of the world's most tightly controlled states, is believed to have an elite unit of hackers, but few of its citizens have access to a computer, let alone the Internet.

Under the South's anti-communist National Security Law, people are banned from unauthorised communication with North Koreans and offenders can be jailed.

The South blocked direct access to the North's Twitter account but followers can still view recent messages through feeds or automatic updates sent to their own accounts.

Explore further: A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

N.Korea uses Twitter for propaganda offensive

Aug 15, 2010

North Korea's propaganda campaign has surged into the 21st century with a new Twitter account, hot on the heals of its foray into video with clips posted on YouTube.

SKorea blocks access to NKorea's Twitter account

Aug 19, 2010

(AP) -- South Korea has blocked North Korea's new Twitter account from being accessed in the South, saying the tweets contain "illegal information" under the country's security laws, officials said Thursday.

North Korea reportedly joins Facebook

Aug 20, 2010

(AP) -- North Korea appears to have added Facebook to other social networking sites it recently joined to ramp up its propaganda war against South Korea and the U.S.

Hackers steal SKorean-US military secrets

Dec 18, 2009

(AP) -- South Korea's military said Friday it was investigating a hacking attack that netted secret defense plans with the United States and may have been carried out by North Korea.

Recommended for you

A Closer Look: Your (online) life after death

7 hours ago

Sure, you have a lot to do today—laundry, bills, dinner—but it's never too early to start planning for your digital afterlife, the fate of your numerous online accounts once you shed this mortal coil.

Web filter lifts block on gay sites

7 hours ago

A popular online safe-search filter is ending its practice of blocking links to mainstream gay and lesbian advocacy groups for users hoping to avoid obscene sites.

Protecting infrastructure with smarter CPS

14 hours ago

Security of IT networks is continually being improved to protect against malicious hackers. Yet when IT networks interface with infrastructures such as water and electric systems to provide monitoring and control capabilities, ...

Apple helps iTunes users delete free U2 album

Sep 15, 2014

Apple on Monday began helping people boot U2 off their iTunes accounts after a cacophony of complaints about not wanting the automatically downloaded free album by the Irish rock band.

Habitual Facebook users: Suckers for social media scams?

Sep 15, 2014

A new study finds that habitual use of Facebook makes individuals susceptible to social media phishing attacks by criminals, likely because they automatically respond to requests without considering how they are connected ...

YouTube to go offline in India on Android phones

Sep 15, 2014

YouTube users in India will soon be able to save videos from the Google-owned service, making it possible to watch them offline, and the feature will eventually be available globally, the company said Monday.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

drunken_lizard
not rated yet Dec 21, 2010
No South Korea, you're doing it wrong! By suppressing the dissemination of North Korean ideologies, you become the very fascist dictators you are trying to combat!

How can you ever hope to become a beacon of free speech and democracy to ordinary North Koreans when you seemingly support their style of government in this manner?

I am disappoint.
frajo
not rated yet Dec 22, 2010
Obviously democracy is not well established in S-Korea. Otherwise they wouldn't be afraid to become infected by the "communist" virus.

No, it's not really a communist society in N-Korea.
And no, it's not really a democratic society in S-Korea.