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Ding dong, the online real name system is dead

The Constitutional Court has ruled the online real name system unconstitutional:

As the AP reports, the law was introduced with the intention of reducing incidences of libel, false rumors and abusive comments. However, the Constitutional Court today said that there was no evidence that it had achieved those goals, and that a mandatory real-name policy undermines free speech and discourages people from voicing opinions for fear of punishment.

The law had proved unpopular in the country, and was easily circumvented. As AFP notes, many Internet users began using non-Korean services in order to continue using false IDs online. Google was among the supporters of this loophole. In 2009, it was reported that the Korean version of YouTube had uploading and commenting features removed, actively prompting users to log in to another country’s version of the service in order to get involved.

Probably a good thing, even if on a private level I’d strongly consider implementing a real-name system in my comment section if I could.

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  • iMe

    judges like to troll, too?

  • http://askakorean.blogspot.com thekorean

    Probably a good thing, even if on a private level I’d strongly consider implementing a real-name system in my comment section if I could.

    You don’t have to — just ban people more frequently.

  • DLBarch

    “…the unanimous decision of eight judges.”

    What, the NA still hasn’t filled the ninth seat vacated by Cho Dae-hyun’s retirement LAST JULY? Jeez!

    Re-nominate Cho Yong-hwan! Re-nominate Cho Yong-hwan!

    DLB

  • http://www.chinasmack.com/tag/funny/page/3 Jakgani

    Probably a good thing, even if on a private level I’d strongly consider implementing a real-name system in my comment section if I could.

    I am sure – with a real-name system, less people would visit the sites and much less people would bother to write any comments.

    It’s 2012 – it’s not safe to write anything online on blog sites etc – using ones real name. People do take offence to what is written occasionally and if the persons real name was available – it’s putting peoples safety in jeopardy.

  • red sparrow

    It just so happens my real name IS red sparrow.

  • anderson.f.

    Regardless the law and regulation, Koreans’ abusive comment so called ‘ak-ple’ is now firmly rooted and deeply in their internet culture.
    There’s no one can do about this, unless each individual itself would realise how idiocious they can waste time over the internet. No excuse.

  • http://geoju.kr fanwarrior

    Does this affect everything? Shopping sites? game sites? all of them?
    If so, it’s a huge benefit for foreigners as they may gain access to some sites which their ID’s didn’t work on before.
    Unless they’re still allowed to verify the account at signup (then throw the data away after)

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