February 02, 2023

North Korea restricts foreigner access to Facebook, Twitter

Indicates North Korea's unease about flow of information outside country by foreigners, says Pyongyang watcher

North Korea has completely restricted access to Facebook and Twitter, services almost exclusively used by diplomatic missions and international humanitarian organizations in Pyongyang, the Russian News Agency TASS reported on Thursday.

The ban follows North Korea’s August blanket prohibition on Internet access through WiFi by foreign embassies, officials and international NGOs working in country, citing interests of national security. TASS reported it was unclear whether this most recent social media ban would be temporary or permanent.