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Google Korea Negligent in Blocking Illegal and Harmful Information
Only 9.6% of Illegal Information Deleted
Google Korea Negligent in Blocking Illegal and Harmful Information
  • By Choi Moon-hee
  • October 1, 2019, 11:18
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Google Korea is criticized for being negligent in blocking or deleting illegal and harmful information.

Ruling Democratic Party of Korea lawmaker Park Kwang-on said that the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC) detected 19,409 pieces of illegal and harmful information on Google from the beginning of 2015 to Sept. 30 this year but Google Korea deleted only 9.6 percent of the information through its own review during the same period.

Google Korea has conducted the review since 2015 as a member of the KCSC’s voluntary review cooperation system for blocking illegal and harmful information. However, Google Korea deleted only 1,867 pieces of illegal and harmful information during the period, which are equivalent to 9.6 percent of the total correction requests.

Google, Facebook and Twitter joined the KCSC’s voluntary review cooperation system after months of test operation in 2015. Nonetheless, the amount of that type of information on Google websites such as YouTube increased after Google’s participation. In particular, this year alone, the amount of information related to prostitution and pornography increased by no less than 40 percent on those websites.

For the first eight months of this year, the KCSC requested Internet service providers to cut connection with regard to 2,504 pieces of prostitution- and pornography-related information on Google. The number of such disconnection requests is estimated to reach 3,756 at the end of this year, up 41.4 percent from a year ago.