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North Korea Looking For Friends On Facebook

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the mandatory-friend-list dept.

Censorship 183

crimeandpunishment writes "North Korea has apparently decided this social networking thing is worth doing. Just days after launching Twitter and YouTube accounts, it appears to have added Facebook to the list. It probably won't get too many friends in South Korea, which has already blocked access to the North Korean Twitter account for containing 'illegal information' under its security laws...and says the Facebook page could suffer the same fate."

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183 comments

Rather stupid... (1)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335600)

This is rather stupid, yes, lets just put our national identity on servers owned by governments hostile to us... Makes perfect sense right?

Re:Rather stupid... (3, Insightful)

ZERO1ZERO (948669) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335626)

no different than most other face book users .. Except replace 'national identity' with 'personal identity' and 'governments hostile' with '3rd party organisation that has agendas other than making it easy for you to post pics of fluffy bunnies and Like This'

Re:Rather stupid... (4, Funny)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335690)

no different than most other face book users ..

It has a completely meaning when North Korea 'cancels' the account of one of its citizen.

Re:Rather stupid... (4, Insightful)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335774)

Their citizens can get on the Internets?

Re:Rather stupid... (4, Informative)

jonfr (888673) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336004)

No. Only the military can get to the internet, and people connected to the leader of North-Korea. Everyone else can use the North-Korea intranet that they have if that person is lucky.

The rest has nothing but media owned by the government, that is spewing out propaganda about South-Korea, U.S and others.

North-Korea does not have official connection with the internet.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet_in_North_Korea [wikipedia.org]

Re:Rather stupid... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336146)

To be fair though, it's just as well, considering how much trouble you can get in for disagreeing with the regime or failing to look happy enough.

Re:Rather stupid... (1)

zx-15 (926808) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336610)

I just followed a few links from the one you've given. And yeah, apparently there is a national intranet in North Korea Kwangmyong [wikipedia.org] with 'free' dial-up access. I wonder if anyone getting on that network is being monitored.

Anyway this whole thing looks so deliciously similar to a network in movie Avalon [imdb.com] . Actually it's like that movie is reenacted in real life in North Korea. Oppressive communist government? Check. Network somewhat accessible to the general public, from whimsically unreliable terminals. Check (I got a hunch that all the network equipment in NK is old an whimsically unreliable). Brain-computer interface. Not so much, but I believe in the movie it was more of a plot device than anything.

Re:Rather stupid... (1)

rauschenberg (1884392) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336436)

Poke you?

Re:Rather stupid... (3, Insightful)

Mr. Freeman (933986) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336024)

"lets just put our national identity on servers owned by governments hostile to us"

It's not like they're uploading critical information (i.e. classified materials) to facebook. The worst the US could do is to deface the page. Of course if they were going to do that then they could have already set up a fake north Korean page and filled it with lies. Of course, there's no point in doing either of these things because there's nothing to be gained. It's not like the US needs to change the public view of North Korea.

Re:Rather stupid... (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336600)

**Yawn**-Can we have some real news please?

North Korea... (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335612)

...is Best Korea.

Hi! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335862)

My name Kim. You be friend, yes? Me love you long time!

Re:Hi! (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335946)

Parent Anonymous Coward was making a reference to a popular meme which revolved around the 2chan and 4chan communities where angry [South] Koreans were waging electronic warfare (e.g. DDOS attacks, spamming, etc.) because of anti-korean jokes that were popular at the time.

Unfortunately, this had the opposite of the intended effect and caused a more explosive anti-korean reaction - including the use of hundreds of different custom created images where everyone wanted it to be known that "North Korea is Best Korea". It reached its peak during the anti Bieber explosion of 4chan antics where the board members successfully destroyed the Bieber world-tour campaign's Internet contest to see where he would [definitely] go on his world tour (as well as many other humiliatingly hilarious things also).

So your horrible attempt at humor was in actuality, massive fail. Plus that originally became popular from Full Metal Jacket.. a movie that took place in Vietnam.. not Korea.

Re:Hi! (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336028)

Why would Koreans care about what you think of them? If they find something offensive they have every right to retaliate to the authors of that offensive material, provided that they take responsibility for the legal repercussions. You are saying as if if someone makes fun of you you should just let it go so it doesn't become a bigger problem. I'd say that's a cowardice nothing more.

Re:Hi! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336202)

It's foolish to act without considering how others would react. What good is it to make that stand if it's actually going to negatively impact your cause?

Re:Hi! (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336408)

Being politically savvy is one thing and standing up for yourself is another. Eventually what really matters is whether you stood up for yourself not whether you were able to please everyone while you are at it. If you try to please everyone as you stand up for yourself, you'd better not do it at all to begin with. How do you stand up against senseless meme? How do you defend yourself from foreign invasion? By going on a war.

Re:North Korea... (3, Funny)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335982)

You forgot the AWESOME visual [thesomewhatambitious.com] ! (Safe for work outside of the Koreas)

Re:North Korea... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336158)

You mean outside of South Korea, somehow I doubt that Kim Jong Il would be upset if you had materials suggesting that North Korea is super awesome.

Re:North Korea... (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336540)

And others would die in a sea of flaming spam.

Zynga (4, Funny)

Arancaytar (966377) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335638)

Kim Jong-Il heard about Farmville and thought that sounded fun-.

Re:Zynga (1)

WrongSizeGlass (838941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335706)

Kim Jong-Il heard about Farmville and thought that sounded fun-.

Really? I heard he was going to use it to better train his farmers.

Re:Zynga (3, Interesting)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335786)

Kim Jong-Il heard about Farmville and thought that sounded fun-.

Really? I heard he was going to use it to better train his farmers.

You can virtually feed a nation with a Farmville farm. Another high point, the traffic girls [google.com] have a place to vent too.

Re:Zynga (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336022)

You can feed a virtual nation with a Farmville farm.

FTFY.

Re:Zynga (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336038)

Thank you. Typing too fast!

Re:Zynga (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335950)

Malware vector.

Re:Zynga (3, Insightful)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336302)

Kim Jong-Il heard about Farmville and thought that sounded fun

Mr Kim, or as he prefers to be called "the dear leader", doesn't need Facebook to play games with farming or people's lives. He has control over millions of real people, all of whom can be forced to participate in whatever macabre social experiment he chooses to conduct, except that here in the real world there are no saves, no continues and you get only 1 life. The continued existence of the North Korean Worker's Party and the monstrous state that it has produced is one of the greatest ongoing travesties of social justice in our time. It is hard to imagine any other place on earth where the ordinary citizen is worse off than in North Korea. At least in Somalia and Sudan the people have some inkling of what the outside world is like and whether or not they are being lied to. The people of North Korea, on the other hand, have been so thoroughly brainwashed and controlled that the outside world essentially does not exist for them or at least not in any way that is meaningful. Even Cuba is practically a paradise by way of comparison to North Korea. Mr Kim and his father are disgraces to the entire human race, in the same league as Hitler and Stalin before them, and history will forever damn their names, just as surely as Hitler and Stalin are damned, when Korea is eventually re-united under a freely elected and democratic government of by and for the people of Korea. In the meantime the rest of the free world should do whatever it can to hasten that day.

Re:Zynga (1)

PopeRatzo (965947) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336564)

Kim Jong-Il heard about Farmville and thought that sounded fun-.

No, I think it's just because he's so wonewy. So vewy wonewy.

North Korean dancing video (1)

Jon Abbott (723) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335652)

So North Korea is publishing videos of their soldiers dancing [youtube.com] on YouTube now. Seems to me like they are trying to compete with the Filipino prisoners who performed Thriller [youtube.com] .

no points (4, Interesting)

theheadlessrabbit (1022587) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335668)

As much as I disagree with just about everything NK stands for, South Korea isn't winning an points in my book by blocking access.

note: before any westerners point out that blocking access will only spike curiosity and make those in SK more interested it the account, I would like to point out that Korean culture values authority far more than ours, and from my own experience living there, the children in south Korea had little to no interest in the North.

Re:no points (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335750)

As a Korean currently living in New Zealand who actively follows the Korean politics, I agree with the parent post, including the bit about young children having no interest in the North. (But just want to add that as they grow up, they tend to get more interested.)

The current South Korean government claims that they want the Korean peninsula united, and yet always does the exact opposite of what is required for us to unite.

President Lee Myung Bak (2MB for short, commonly used to make fun of his brain power) is turning out to be the worst president ever, and that is NOT an easy thing to achieve.

Re:no points (0, Troll)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335782)

Must be taking notes from Obama.

Re:no points (2, Insightful)

Krahar (1655029) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335790)

Huh, having North Korea and South Korea unite into one country sounds completely bizarre. I don't see how it could happen other than if South Korea invades North Korea or the North Korean government collapses. Is that what South Korea is really talking about when saying they want to "unite"?

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336100)

That's basically what they mean by reunification. Would you have Saddam Hussein continue to govern Iraq after US invasion? Same logic.

Re:no points (3, Interesting)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336188)

Except that this isn't like Germany or even Iraq, in both those cases there was still a considerable amount of shared culture. Even if the East Germans had become so accustomed to getting the same reward for busting their asses as for sitting on their asses, there was still a considerable amount of shared culture and language to reunite to.

Unfortunately in this case, there's been very, very little mixing of the nations people in the last 50 or so years, whereas with the Germanies there was at least minimal mixing over a nearly 30 year period of time that the Berlin Wall stood. Most likely the best we could hope for in the near term would be fore Kim Jong Il and his cronies to be ousted or otherwise leave power and for a period of time where there was at least some modest mixing of the people. As it stands now there's more in common, by far, between the Americans and Canadians, or the various groups withing China and India than there is between the Koreas.

Re:no points (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336310)

Points taken, but the two Koreans are also much more alike than the Germans or Iraqis in other regards. Ever since the Silla dynasty unified Korea in 676, the Korean peninsula (or at least a big portion of it) was under a common ruler until 1945. There are no isolated minority culture, no minority languages, no nothing. It's just a big swath of Koreans from the Yalu River to the island of Jeju.

Contrast that with the Germans, who managed to found a unified nation only in the 19th century.

50 years of brutal oppression cannot take everything away. We still speak the same language, eat the same food, and observe the same holidays (at least some of them). The notion of shared cultural heritage runs strong in Korea, along with the feeling that it's our "destiny" to be unified again. You may say it's not sensible (there are certainly many people who feel that way), but you cannot deny that the feeling is there.

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336420)

It has nothing to do with Culture. SKorea is not going to destroy the culture of NKorea. What's at stake is whether democracy will stay in Korea or Fascist totalitarianism. Culture has nothing to do with it.

Re:no points (1)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336458)

Apples and oranges, wrt to Germany and Korea. In Korea, two disparate ideologies created a civil war that split the country apart (regardless of the USSR/China and NATO powers mingling). With Germany you had the country split in two by the four occupying powers. The ideology subjected to the East Germans (and well, the West Germans too from the Americans let's be honest) came from an external power; the Soviets.
The German people (especially in the West) wanted to re-unite. I'm not too sure if the North and South Koreans really welcome each other.

As well, the West and East Germans never were in a state of war similar to what the Koreas have. Yes, there was the cold war (I grew up listening to the air siren tests on a regular basis since I grew up 100km from the West/East border)), but West Germans could visit East Germany, and to some extent the other way around (even though people tended to not want to come back).

Personally I'm not sure how the two Koreas would unite. It seems to me, they are too far apart.

Re:no points (1)

Lieutenant_Dan (583843) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336500)

Hate to reply my post; but I want to correct myself. NK and SK were occupied by the Soviets and Allies respectively (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Korea#Division_of_Korea [wikipedia.org] ). The big difference is that the NK people (backed by the Soviets) attempted to invade SK. So again, the big difference between Korea and Germany was the active state of war between the two separated countries.

Re:no points (1)

wiredlogic (135348) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336346)

North Korea will eventually collapse. It's too big to keep itself afloat like Cuba has managed to do. They also don't have nearly as many affluent friends as Cuba does. The SK push toward unification is an effort to keep tensions low in the face of the mass brainwashing the NK regime uses on its people. It will inevitably fall upon the South Koreans to do most of the heavy lifting in taking care of the people when the collapse happens, which is why they are taking steps now to plan for that eventuality.

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336430)

According to the defectors from NKorea, NKoreans are not brainwashed like as we believe they would be. They know too well what it's like to live outside NKorea.

Re:no points (1)

belmolis (702863) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336502)

True. North Koreans don't get much real news from the outside, but a fair number have at least been to China, or have contact with people who have been to China. Quite a few North Korean school teachers, for example, were trained in China. Of course they don't dare contradict the orthodox view in class, but little things get out to friends and neighbors. Furthermore, some North Koreans get information about the outside world as part of their jobs. Such people are chosen from those considered politically reliable, but even such people let things slip sometimes.

Re:no points (1)

Frosty Piss (770223) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336448)

I don't see how it could happen other than if South Korea invades North Korea or the North Korean government collapses. Is that what South Korea is really talking about when saying they want to "unite"?

Yes.

The South will wait patiently until the current regime dies. At that point there is indeed MUCH potential for an absorption of the North by the South. You have to understand that *MOST* North Koreans *WANT* to move to the South, become a part of the outside world.

Re:no points (1)

couchslug (175151) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336472)

Korean psychology is interesting.

Much as North and South differ, they hate each other less than they dislike foreigners, and are extremely proud for no logical reason except a reaction to being Japan's historic doormat.

What most South Koreans who preach appeasement really want is surrender. There are a considerable number who pretty much grovel before the North, which North Korean leadership exploits brilliantly.

The North Koreans aren't crazy by a longshot, but convincing others that they are nuts pays off. As long as the outside world maintains Nork leadership, they get to stay comfortably in power. A penis-wave now and then convinces the South they are serious, such as the Blue House raid or plinking a ship now and then.

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336666)

I'm not exactly sure your first point was necessary to convey your opinion. Every nation has its national pride, with America being most proud of all, which manifests well in their belief that they can dictate what other nations do within their sovereignty. You seem to consider two Koreas as just products of the fabric of good and evil, which to Americans, translate to capitalism and communism. Although it is difficult to predict what would have happened if allies with then Soviet Union did not intervene altogether, I'd say there would have been at least a small possibility that Korea wouldn't have been asunder like it is now. So please keep your belittling and hate-speeching to yourself.

Re:no points (1, Insightful)

korean.ian (1264578) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336678)

This is where slashdot moderation fails. What we need is a -1 ill-informed. The only thing you got right is that the North Korean leaders aren't crazy.

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335968)

I don't know which generation you are, but there have been worse presidents than 2MB, as bad as he might be. Did you live through the military dictatorship of 70s, 80s, an 90s. I don't think you have a clear understanding of what it was like when we had 4 stars in the blue office as head of our nation. If you are one of those who romanticize the "achievements" of the genocidal demons like Park Jung Hee and Jun Doo Hwan, you are either insane or as evil as those demons.

I am curious (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336032)

My brother is married to a S. Korean National. He spent a number of years in SK, doing his duty. After retiring, his wife wanted them to stay in SK so he worked for GD until recently before switching jobs to UK. Now, what I find interesting is, that he spoke about the fact that late teens, prior to being drafted, wanted SK gov. to give in NK's demand and merge with NK. ANd they did not care what the demands from Jong-Il was. However, after they do their duty, he was telling me that the kids change their minds.

Now, I read your statement, and it sounds like you want to merge with NK, no matter the cost.
Am I reading that right? WHY would you want to merge with them? The only way that Jong will do that, is if HE is in control. Would YOU want yourself, or your family to live under the same conditions as North Korea does now?

Re:I am curious (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336062)

I'm not sure why your brother would think that way. General sentiment shared by most Koreans about reunification is that they don't need it. They have a pretty obscure idea of reunification, but they do not feel strongly that they need it right now. As far as who gets to be in control after reunification, most people agree that the NKorean regime will be thrown out and the communist party will be dissolved. I grew up in Korea and never in my life heard someone saying that Kim Jong Il should govern the reunited Korea except for those looney commies.

Re:I am curious (1)

WindBourne (631190) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336136)

Well, my brother was telling me that there are still protests about America being there and that it interferes with reunification (though he left just before the sub/cruiser incident; I suspect that might change things). In addition, there is zero chance of peaceful reunification happening without Jong being in control. He will insist on it. That is why I do not understand how it is that late teens push for reunification. Yes, I have little doubt that everybody would like reunification to occur. But how anybody can think that SK should go through the steps that Jong wants is beyond me. As it is, Jong is simply playing a chess game and creating a stalling game. He is far more interested in creating his nukes, along with helping other nations such as Burma, Iran, and possibly Venezuela to create theirs.

Re:I am curious (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336450)

There are small fractions of people who believe whatever they want to just like in America people believe anything thy want to from anarchism to socialism. They are those who are dissatisfied with the status quo in SKorea or those who professionally organize protests. Nothing to pay attention to.

Re:no points (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335996)

I admire your noble standard for morality of governmental control over its citizens, but I have to point out every government has a strategic interest to block few very controversial information from getting exposed to the general public. One good example would be the recent expose of the classified military documents related to the war in Afghanistan. Why can't the US government be completely honest about what's happening in the US?

Re:no points (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336052)

I currently reside in South Korea, and this is nothing new. There are plenty of sites that are blocked (and not just pertaining to North Korea).

I did notice that it seems the censorship is quite specific and not thorough.

I've ran across a few porno sites that are blocked, but more which are not. I've noticed a 'adult bb/forum' that gets banned every month, and every month the website switches to a new domain/server (only to get banned the next month). The said site also has a twitter account which announces the website changes, but access to that account is banned.

I've noticed plenty of blocked Chinese websites. One in particular I recall is one about visiting/touring the DPRK (from China->DPRK).

I also noticed their attempts to block adservers. A lot of unsavory sites I visit (porn, warez, etc.) have blocked ads brought to me by KCSC.

north korea is best korea! (4, Funny)

circletimessquare (444983) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335674)

has most facebook friends! has most tweets!

south korea only has glum relatives and miserly business contacts. north korea has loving adoration and sworn allegiance bonded in blood and exaltation for the perpetual people's struggle and revolutionary apparatus! like it! like it! like it!

our great shining leader tweets 5,000 times a day with 3 million followers 24 hours a day no time for sleep! the people's struggle provides as sleep! each tweet a pearl of wisdom his grateful followers pore over for eternal wisdom in philosophy, economics, military strategy, acupuncture, home economics, and closet organization! retweet! retweet! retweet!

the imperial aggressor america and her boot linking sycophant japan will suffer under the boot of the full force of the people's glorious tweeting and facebook friending struggle!

Because I can (1)

rdnetto (955205) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335878)

our great shining leader tweets 5,000 times a day

1 day / 5000 = 17.28 seconds
[from Google calulator]

Re:Because I can (1)

roman_mir (125474) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336010)

Oh boy, what are we going to do with you? Clearly the dear old leader would be sending even more twats than 5000 a day, because he is the best leader and all people love him.

To answer your question: yes, he would not be sending those twats all by himself, there would be the necessary resources allocated for that work.

Re:north korea is best korea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336184)

Re: "book linking"? What the heck is "book linking"? No, wait, don't tell me. I don't want to know. There might be such a thing in North Korea.

Since your post shows a charming reverence for e.e. cummings and his neglect of the Shift key, I'm going to assume that this is a satirical post. There can't be that many committed Communists left, and North Korea is one of just 4 Communist countries left in the world. Of those, 3 have abandoned most of the original tenets. They hang on mostly to the "dictatorship of the people" rhetoric and the dictatorship reality.

go great shining leader! go go gadget!!

Re:north korea is best korea! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336280)

I'm going to assume that this is a satirical post.

duhhhh.......

Re:north korea is best korea! (1, Troll)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336332)

It seems that someone has been drinking those, "cesspool waters of American capitalism" again. Of course what better beverage to have with your "double bread with meat" [redorbit.com] ?

Page not found (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335678)

Yo, their Facebook page was already removed by the time Fark posted the link a few days ago.

So ronery, so very ronery.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335710)

Sure, how they feel bad about murdering Hans Blix.

Re:So ronery, so very ronery.... (1)

rmm311 (1550631) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335738)

Those poor underfed sharks.

suggest to friends.... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335716)

Anybody suggested them page to Justin Bieber :D

I can't wait until the first photo tagging (4, Funny)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335744)

of North Korea drinking it up with China and Cuba on a Friday night. Or better yet, people will start tagging goatse as NK.

illegal information... (5, Insightful)

igotmybfg (525391) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335746)

...is a ridiculous concept

Re:illegal information... (1)

MRe_nl (306212) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336180)

Like!

(runsforrailgun)

Re:illegal information... (4, Insightful)

nanoakron (234907) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336206)

like holocaust denial in Germany?

Re:illegal information... (3, Insightful)

aBaldrich (1692238) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336318)

That would be illegal misinformation.

Re:illegal information... (1)

CodeBuster (516420) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336392)

...is a ridiculous concept

We are talking about North Korea here, the ridiculous is quite routine for them. Indeed, if they even knew enough to know how foolish they appear to the outside world, that would be something, but they don't.

Re:illegal information... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336418)

So are subject lines with ... cliffhangers.

Re:illegal information... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336608)

...is a ridiculous concept

Wikileaks... USA...

Hmm... (4, Funny)

trytoguess (875793) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335752)

Facebook is telling me NK's page no longer exists... thought it's twitter and youtube is still around. Also, what do people make of NK identifying itself as male, and being interested in men?

Re:Hmm... (1)

mahoney.d.82 (1884354) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335796)

Uhm... That North Korea is a gay male, maybe?

Re:Hmm... (1)

DarkKnightRadick (268025) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335798)

bad translators

Re:Hmm... (1)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336050)

Stop bouncing through that South Korean server and it should work fine.

The answer is obvious (2, Funny)

DesScorp (410532) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336646)

Also, what do people make of NK identifying itself as male, and being interested in men?

Kim is really, really ronery.

I'd befriend them (3, Insightful)

siddesu (698447) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335800)

But then they'd get access of all my friends and activities.

With all the kidnapping they've done in Japan, Korea and elsewhere, who knows what is the real purpose of that page.

I'd say collecting information on potential targets is high on the list.

/ puts on the multi-ply tinfoil hat.

I wonder what happens if you poke them? (2, Insightful)

stevegee58 (1179505) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335810)

It could produce drama.

Re:I wonder what happens if you poke them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335858)

North Korea's FB page states it's a male and likes men. And you'd "poke" him?

Re:I wonder what happens if you poke them? (1)

Suki I (1546431) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336068)

I sense a torpedo joke is about to come through the door.

Re:I wonder what happens if you poke them? (1)

mahoney.d.82 (1884354) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336116)

I'm not sure I'd call it a door. Hell, I'm not even sure I'd call THAT a torpedo...

Re:I wonder what happens if you poke them? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336120)

"You call that a torpedo?" Punchline phrasing is as important as timing.

What happens... (4, Insightful)

ghettoboy22 (723339) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335824)

When you un-friend Kim Jong-Il?

Re:What happens... (2, Funny)

Rude Turnip (49495) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336002)

Well, you@!#$%^[NO CARRIER]

Re:What happens... (1, Redundant)

boxwood (1742976) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336190)

you make him feel ronery, so very ronery [youtube.com]

Pfft. Nothing worthy of attention. (1)

fysician (1883118) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335848)

Current SKorean government is pretty totalitarian, so it's not unexpected that they will block access to anything from NKorea. As far as freedom to access to information is concerned, these "official" social networking activities from NKorea is nothing more than propaganda laden bs, so I really don't see any problem. It's not like they are trying to spread information regarding true reality of the NKorean citizens. If you wanted information on the reality of NKorea there are many documentaries produced by NGOs obtained through risking torture and hard labor. Look them up on youtube.

So Ronery (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33335896)

" It probably won't get too many friends in South Korea, which has already blocked access to the North Korean Twitter account for containing 'illegal information' under its security laws...and says the Facebook page could suffer the same fate."

It looks like North Korea will continue to be.... so ronery.

The Accounts In Question (4, Informative)

pgn674 (995941) | more than 3 years ago | (#33335902)

uriminzokkiri (uriminzok) on Twitter [twitter.com]

YouTube - uriminzokkiri's Channel [youtube.com]

Facebook | Uriminzokkiri [facebook.com]

Looks like the original Facebook "people" account they made was removed (probably by North Korea when they realized it didn't make sense to have a "people" account), and replaced with a "page" thing. I noticed the original account's username was uriminzokkiri, and the new one is uriminzokkiriLike, so maybe North Korea changed accounts primarily because they want the Like button? Lots of guessing here.

South Korea also totalitarian? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336048)

"Uriminzok has "content that praises, promotes and glorifies" North Korea that was confirmed to be "illegal information" under South Korea's National Security Law, a commission statement said Thursday. The commission said it has no immediate plan to block the North's YouTube channel."

Are South Korea REALLY this paranoid? I know there seems almost insurmountable animosity between the two countries, but to actually ban free throught over it? Wow.

Re:South Korea also totalitarian? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336578)

It's common in the Western world (except America) to ban dissemination of information that promotes neo-Nazism or holocaust denial. Totalitarianism in the guise of democracy is the norm.

Twitter account suspended... (0, Flamebait)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336078)

A google search for "North Korea" +Twitter gives:http://twitter.com/kcna_dprk [twitter.com] which redirects to http://twitter.com/suspended [twitter.com] . Apparently Great Leader will need to find another way to share his great wisdom.

North Korea Leader, Gay? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336112)

Is the North Korean leader gay?

I'd love to see him dressed up in pink leather suits.

I Poked Kim Jong Three Days Ago (1)

CyberSlammer (1459173) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336224)

Why hasn't he poked me back?!?!?!?

Easy answer (1)

sharkey (16670) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336274)

South Korea just needs to get North Korea to add Kip Drordy as a friend. Problem solved.

I can't wait to join their Facebook page (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336304)

Who wan't to join their facebook page...I can't just see some of the things will be sharing and commenting on.... We'll see pictures, of his imperial palace and you know the people starving in the country side....Kim posing with the people at the party when they threw som epople off their land and gave it to some regional offical ....Kim at party's where someone got shot for not paying homage to the leader....Kim posing with his good friends from Libya, Cuba....and of course he will be sharing with us how great everything there is and how awesome it is for evryone living their and how we should come and visit or better yet move therr...and of course I am sure he will put up some wacky youtube videos of him and his friends showing how they keep contorol of those that dont obey what he say's and those that don't believe " what we tell you is the truth" ...Oh I am sure it will be full of fun and all sorts of good time...

"Trading" With North Korea - Against US Law? (4, Interesting)

GumphMaster (772693) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336394)

Is trading with the DPRK legal in the United States? If Facebook/Twitter/etc. knowingly continued to provide a service the DPRK regime would they be in violation of US law?

Re:"Trading" With North Korea - Against US Law? (2, Informative)

belmolis (702863) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336580)

Simply providing a place for communication appears not to fall under the US trade restrictions. There are Iranians living in Iran with FB accounts.

Islam is looking for sheep (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#33336414)

Communists using a product of rotten capitalism (1)

alexmin (938677) | more than 3 years ago | (#33336692)

I'm shocked, shocked. What happen to Chouchkhe movement? Weren't they supposed to use only pure communistic version of everything, including "interweb"?

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