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Kakao Staff Join Labor Union in Protest Against Company’s ‘Work-from-Office’ Policy

Kakao Staff Join Labor Union in Protest Against Company’s ‘Work-from-Office’ Policy

SEOUL, Jan. 13 (Korea Bizwire) — Employees at Kakao Corp., the operator of South Korea’s largest messenger app KakaoTalk, are joining the labor union to protest the company’s recent announcement that all employees should come to the office for work, instead of working from home. The members of the Korean Confederation of Trade Unions Kakao [...]

Naver, Kakao Ban Police Outfit Sales Following Halloween Tragedy

Naver, Kakao Ban Police Outfit Sales Following Halloween Tragedy

SEOUL, Nov. 4 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s two major tech giants — Kakao Corp. and Naver Corp. — have begun a crackdown on imitation police costumes on their e-commerce platforms in response to the controversy that fake police costumes obstructed the process of containing the Itaewon crowd crush. Naver banned all searches for imitation [...]

FTC Vows to Tighten Grip on Platform Operators After Kakao Service Disruption

FTC Vows to Tighten Grip on Platform Operators After Kakao Service Disruption

SEOUL, Oct. 21 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korea’s antitrust regulator said Friday it plans to come up with measures to build grounds for fair competition in the online platform market amid growing criticism that the government has failed to properly monitor Kakao Corp.’s dominant position in the market. The move came after nearly all services [...]

Fire at Data Center Reveals S. Korea’s Strong Dependence on Kakao Services

Fire at Data Center Reveals S. Korea’s Strong Dependence on Kakao Services

SEOUL, Oct. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — The recent massive disruption of Kakao Corp.’s dominant chat messenger KakaoTalk and other related services has affected nearly all sectors of South Korea, ranging from social networking and business to finance and transportation. It took about four days for the company to fully repair damaged servers and normalize all [...]