Anchor: South Korea's leading Web portal, Naver, has said that it will not display comments on political stories on the same page as the articles ahead of next month’s local elections. The move is the latest measure taken by Naver in response to the online opinion rigging scandal.
Our Laurence Taylor has more.
Report: Web portal giant Naver announced on Wednesday that comments on political stories will no longer be displayed beneath the articles in the build-up to the June 13th local elections.
The firm said that users will need to click on a link to read comments on political articles during the campaign period.
Naver has also started to post "out-links", which direct online users to the original media site where the story was posted, and will post comments only in chronological order. Previously, the comments with the most likes were posted first.
Users will also be banned from posting comments through their Twitter or Facebook accounts.
It is the latest move taken by Naver in response to the online opinion rigging scandal in which the number of "like" clicks for online comments was rigged with a computer program.
Last week, the influential blogger at the heart of the scandal known by the username “druking” admitted to police that he manipulated the number of "like" clicks on some 20-thousand online comments in January on news stories critical of the Moon Jae-in government.
The blogger also confessed to ordering a member of a blog he operates to deliver five million won to a former aide of ruling party lawmaker Kim Kyoung-soo in return for job favors for his acquaintances.
Naver’s latest announcement follows previous measures to reform its news and comment policies in the wake of the scandal, including its decision to no longer edit news stories and restrict online commenting and the number of likes allowed from a single Naver account.
Laurence Taylor, KBS World Radio News.