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News Update: North Korea reportedly joins Facebook

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Uploaded on Aug 20, 2010

The AP reports that North Korea may have added Facebook to its roster of other social networking sites in an effort to mount "its propaganda war against South Korea and the U.S." The AP reports that the account was opened late Thursday under the Korean username "uriminzokkiri." An official at South Korea's Communications Standards Commission said on Friday that this translates to "on our own as a nation." The Commission had blocked North Korea's Twitter account from being accessed in the South, and just hours later the Facebook account was opened. The Commission stated through officials that the Twitter account was blocked because it contained information "that is illegal under South Korean security laws." The Twitter account went under the name uriminzok. The AP reports that this means "our nation" in Korean. Posting only 30 tweets in the week it was up, the account gained over 8,500 followers. Tweets linked to reports that praised North Korean leader Kim Jong II. The Facebook account carries as its profile picture an image of the Three Charters for National Reunification Memorial Tower. According to the official Korean Central News Agency, this is a monument in Pyongyang that "reflects the strong will of the 70 million Korean people to achieve the reunification of the country with their concerted effort." As of Friday, the Facebook account had 50 friends.

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