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The Newest Twitterer: North Korea

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Not only has Kim Jong-il gotten into Twitter, but now so has the North Korean media:


It’s best known as the place to tell millions what you had for breakfast. But dispatches from North Korea’s state news agency have begun popping up on Twitter.

A feed under the name “kcna—dprk” — acronyms of Pyongyang’s state Korean Central News Agency and the country’s official name, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea — provides links to hundreds of the agency’s English-language stories. The background of the Twitter page for the feed shows the North’s red-and-blue national flag.

It is unlikely that the news agency itself is behind the operation; other Twitter users have operated similar news-relay feeds in the past, most notably for CNN.

Even if KCNA is operating the feed, it does not mean ordinary citizens in North Korea — one of the world’s most isolated nations — are able to use Twitter.  [Honolulu Advertiser]

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  • mashimaro
    4:56 pm on June 27th, 2009 1

    Has anyone seen the documentaries “Zeitgeist” and “Zeitgeist Addendum”? I wonder what other people’s thoughts are about these.

  • KimcheeGI
    6:53 pm on June 28th, 2009 2


    This one was put to rest last month. The twitter account these articles cite is run by an Austrian based German language parody site that uses the KCNA's RSS feed from Japan for its "Tweets." See my ReTweet from the 27th of May and the Forbes Article link

    It's disingenuous that Stupidedia portrays it as a real twitter account.


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