September 27, 2023

‘Official’ North Korea Instagram created by German teenager

Started on May 1 of last year and with more than 7,000 avid followers, the Instagram account has become an online phenomenon

A social media account claiming to be an “official” voice of North Korea is actually the work of a German teenager, NK News has learned.

In recent months Istagram's northkorea_dprk_officialsite account amassed a large online following, purporting to be "Official Site of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea". But rather than being the work of forward-thinking North Korean propagandists–who already control Flickr, YouTube and Twitter accounts–the "official" Instagram account is actually the work of 18-year-old student Moritz Ferdinand Arend Kotheder.