North Korea Announces Ban on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter 

By Jamie Condliffe on at

North Korea’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has officially announced that it’s now blocking Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites.

Associated Press reports that the restrictions will make harder than ever for visitors and foreign residents — who until now have been able to use the internet with few restrictions in the country — to post online about what’s happening in the country. The country has banned Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and South Korean websites, along with gambling and “sex and adult” sites, “for a certain period of time”. It’s not clear what that time period is. Instagram is, however, apparently still fair game.

Most of the population of North Korea won’t notice much difference, though, because unrestricted internet connections for local residents are rare in the country. All most people see is a country-wide intranet, which only provides access to state-sanctioned content. [AP]