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Residents of Busan Join Trashtag Challenge

Residents of Busan Join Trashtag Challenge

BUSAN, Dec. 3 (Korea Bizwire) — Busan residents are posting pictures of themselves voluntarily picking up neighborhood trash as part of the trashtag challenge that has become popular on social media. Trashtag, combining the terms trash and tag, is an online campaign encouraging netizens to post pictures of their neighborhood before and after the voluntary [...]

Major Cosmetics Firms Fined for Misinforming Consumers on Social Media

Major Cosmetics Firms Fined for Misinforming Consumers on Social Media

SEOUL, Nov. 26 (Korea Bizwire) — Several major cosmetics companies were found guilty for misinforming consumers after paying influencers on social networks like Instagram to promote their products. The Fair Trade Commission (FTC) ordered seven companies including AmorePacific Corp., LG Household and Health Care Ltd, and L’Oreal Korea to pay 269 million won (US$228,740) in [...]

Understanding People Through Social Media “Likes”

Understanding People Through Social Media “Likes”

SEOUL, Oct. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — Data helps us understand many things about ourselves, but interpreting this data is still within the human purview, says Choi Jae-won, a big data expert and director of Daumsoft. He claimed that analysis and interpretation take on different processes, because “analysis is scientific, while interpretation solely relies on human [...]

Suicide-Related Information Rampant on Social Media

Suicide-Related Information Rampant on Social Media

SEOUL, Aug. 24 (Korea Bizwire) — Harmful suicide-related information was found to be easily accessible by users on social media websites, particularly on Instagram, where the greatest number of posts regarding such information was found. The Ministry of Health and Welfare in association with police officials and the Korea Suicide Prevention Center said yesterday that [...]

Instagram Up, Facebook Down in S. Korea’s Social Media Popularity

Instagram Up, Facebook Down in S. Korea’s Social Media Popularity

SEOUL, Jun. 19 (Korea Bizwire) — South Korean smartphone users spent more time on Instagram and less on Facebook in May compared to a year earlier, a research showed Tuesday. According to the report released by industry tracker WiseApp, South Korean smartphone users spent a combined 4.2 billion minutes on the popular U.S.-based social media [...]

South Koreans Dream of Peace… and Cold Noodles

South Koreans Dream of Peace… and Cold Noodles

SEOUL, Apr. 30 (Korea Bizwire) — Following the inter-Korea summit on Friday, sentiments reflecting hopes of peace in the Korean peninsula are pouring out from the public. The government’s social media accounts as well as the public forum on the Blue House website were flooded with posts that reflected the rosy expectations of unification. As [...]

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

Active Use of Social Media Vital for Politicians on Campaign Trail

SEOUL, Mar. 29 (Korea Bizwire) — Savvy social media use can lead candidates to victory come election time, according to a new study. The new report released by the National Assembly Research Service revealed that President Moon Jae-in used live broadcasting features on social media much more than other candidates during his victorious campaign in [...]

Instagram Gaining Popularity in South Korea

Instagram Gaining Popularity in South Korea

SEOUL, Mar. 12 (Korea Bizwire) — An increasing number of South Koreans are using Instagram, the wildly popular photo-sharing app and service, according to new research. The study conducted by artificial intelligence-based big data analysis firm Daumsoft revealed the number of posts uploaded on Instagram jumped nearly 240 percent between 2015 and last year. The number [...]