SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Korea Bizwire) – Facebook, Twitter and Google will now have to examine illegal content that has been flagged by the Korea Communication Standards Commission (KCSC).
The three American services, which are also widely used among Koreans, only delete content when a report is submitted from a user. However, from now on, content could be deleted after the services receive notice from Korean authorities.
The KCSC announced that the three social networking services will officially start a ‘voluntary deliberation cooperation system’ this month, after many months of testing.
The illegal content includes postings related to gambling, drugs, child porn, suicide, prostitution, selling organs and privacy violations. If the KCSC finds posts containing illegal content, they can flag them.
Once they are informed, SNS companies can delete the content or close the account that is causing the problem after voluntary deliberation. The notices from the KCSC are not legally binding, and if the company doesn’t delete the post, the content will go through the traditional deliberation process.
The only measure that the KCSC can take for illegal content on foreign sites is to block access. However, even if access is blocked, the content itself still remains, and could be viewed through different routes, or the post could be shared. Also, it is inequitable as domestic services have to delete content and accounts based on deliberation.
At the beginning, only four national service providers, Naver, Daum Kakao, Nate and Zoom participated in the voluntary deliberation cooperation system. Since then, 19 other national service providers including Afreeca TV, Smart File (Webhard) and Cyworld have joined, increasing the total number of businesses that are participating to 23.
By Francine Jung (firstname.lastname@example.org)