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South Koreans not allowed to upload to Youtube

While digging through youtube html for another project I came upon this interesting error message.

msg[“koreaFail”] = “본인확인제로 인해 한국 국가 설정시 동영상/댓글 업로드 기능을자발적으로 비활성화합니다. We have voluntarily disabled this functionality on because of the Korean real-name verification law.”;

I looked into this a bit more and South Korea seems to have rallied around the death of a popular actress who killed herself due to online comments about her. The new “anti bully” law requires all sites with at least 100,000 users to verify the posters real name.

“The Cyber Defamation Law, as it’s called, went into effect on April 1st. According
to officials at the Korea Communications Commission (KCC), the country’s
broadcasting and telecommunications regulator, the law is an attempt to
quell the cyber-bullying and spread of misinformation on the internet.”

source: readwriteweb

Google is unwilling to collect this kind of data about its users and instead has opted to disable upload (and I assume comment) capabilities from South Korean IP addresses.

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