North Korea has announced via Twitter that the secretive regime has joined the rest of the social, modern world via social networking. The government has announced that it has now joined Twitter and has opened a YouTube channel, perhaps in a bid to spread anti-U.S. propaganda to its people.
The regime has since uploaded more than 80 videos since July condemning its neighbors in the South and the U.S. United States State Department spokesman Philip Crowley tweeted that he welcomed “North Korea to Twitter and the networked world,” but also offered some warning to the North saying that once technology is introduced, there is no return. “The Hermit Kingdom will not change overnight, but technology once introduced can’t be shut down. Just ask Iran.”
In North Korea where few have access to computers, let alone the Internet, as the regime tries to control propaganda, access to Twitter and YouTube may prove more dangerous than beneficial to the interests of that government. According to Crowley, “The North Korean government has joined Twitter, but is it prepared to allow its citizens to be connected as well?”
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