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Kakao Loses 400,000 Users Last Week

Daum Kakao, in the midst of a security flap with users over fears on online surveillance, lost 400,000 users last week, as the nations largest social networking service continues to suffer in the wake of worries over its security in their online chatting service.

According to the Joongang Ilbo, fears over online surveillance spread following the Supreme Prosecutors’ Office announcement on Sept. 18 that it had established a new cyber investigation team intended to prevent cyber defamation and the spread of false information over the Internet. The move sparked controversy after news broke earlier this month that authorities had used a warrant to tap the chat records of Rep. Jeong Jin-u, the deputy leader of the left-wing Labor Party.

Many have been switching to foreign SNS like Telegram, the German-based service, which gained over 500,000 users last week. Messages are “heavily encrypted and can self-destruct,” according to its website, and are not able to be monitored by the Korean government.


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