North Korea makes Twitter debut

In a move that's sure to have the world scratching its head, the secretive nation of North Korea is the newest member of Twitter. 

North Korea has begun micro-blogging under the name @uriminzok, stepping up a propaganda campaign against South Korea and the United States. The account appears to have been set up by the government-owned news agency, Uriminzokkiri, one few to offer an English-language version of its news meant to be read by foreigners.

To the disappointment of many, it's apparently been unsuccessful thus far. According the Associated Press, "Most followers posted derisive comments in Korean."

"The Web site 'Our Nation' is on Twitter," declared the account's first post, published on August 12. In the four days since then the account has attracted more than 2300 followers. Much like the country's life-long leader, it follows no one.

To date, the country has issued only 9 tweets. Few, if any are likely to be reading from inside North Korea. The government keeps a tight control on access to information, and only a small percentage of people are believed to have access to Internet connections that allow links to foreign websites like Twitter.

One statement dismissed accusations that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean warship in March. Another criticized sanctions imposed on North Korea and Iran.

North Korea is run by one of the world's most secretive regimes, but lately it's been embracing social media. Last month North Korea opened YouTube account, uploading video clips which praised leader Kim Jong-Il.

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Wow. Are you serious? Front page news for some random person claiming to be a North Korean official on Twitter? Source? No, those links are not a valid source. You always post a source. The sh*t is about to hit the fan with Iran & North Korea and you post this crap? Really? C'mon Neowin, stick to the tech news.

Get out the bed on the wrong side this morning?

How are those links not valid? How is it not tech related? How does political sensitivity suddenly make it unreportable?

Yochanan said,
Wow. Are you serious? Front page news for some random person claiming to be a North Korean official on Twitter? Source? No, those links are not a valid source. You always post a source. The sh*t is about to hit the fan with Iran & North Korea and you post this crap? Really? C'mon Neowin, stick to the tech news.

What I wonder about is why people constantly seem to complain about "front page news"? As far as I've noticed, when a new article is posted, it appears at the top, pushing the rest of the articles down. As such, if the article hasn't been pushed down far enough to go on page two, it will stay on the main page until such an event occurs. It is not done on purpose. This is not a newspaper.

Hitler and Nazis would have had a Twitter account too if it was present int in the 40s. They would have tweeted incorrect WWII stats. And build up the propaganda against Jews.

FMH said,
Hitler and Nazis would have had a Twitter account too if it was present int in the 40s. They would have tweeted incorrect WWII stats. And build up the propaganda against Jews.

But even if it is propaganda, who in NK is going to see it?

FMH said,
Hitler and Nazis would have had a Twitter account too if it was present int in the 40s. They would have tweeted incorrect WWII stats. And build up the propaganda against Jews.

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