North Korea reportedly joins Facebook

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
August 21, 2010 06:57

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea appears to have added Facebook to the social networking sites it recently joined to ramp up its propaganda war against South Korea and the US.

The account opened late Thursday under the Korean username "uriminzokkiri," meaning "on our own as a nation," an official at South Korea's Communications Standards Commission said Friday.

The account opened hours after the commission blocked North Korea's 1-week-old Twitter account from being accessed in the South for containing information that is illegal under South Korean security laws, the official said.

North Korea's government-run website, Uriminzokkiri, announced last week that it has a Twitter account and a YouTube channel created in July.

The Twitter account, under the name uriminzok ("our nation" in Korean), gained more than 8,500 followers in a week though it posted just 30 tweets linking to reports praising North Korean leader Kim Jong Il and lambasting South Korea and the US over ongoing joint military drills.


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