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North Korea's social network presence growing, report says

One North Korea propaganda outlet has accrued 12.6 million views in the last five years.

By Elizabeth Shim
North Korea's social network presence growing, report says
North Korea operates several social network accounts, but its most successful YouTube channel is Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda outlet aimed at South Koreans. Photo by Katharine Welles/Shutterstock

SEOUL, July 23 (UPI) -- North Korea's presence on social networks is growing, and its propaganda campaigns have found success on YouTube.

Pyongyang operates several accounts, but its most successful YouTube channel is Uriminzokkiri, a propaganda outlet aimed at South Koreans, Yonhap reported.

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North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea operates Uriminzokkiri and the group is part of the Workers' Party.

South Korean newspaper Chosun Ilbo reported Thursday the channel has 11,733 subscribers, a six-fold increase from October 2010, when 1,903 early stage subscribers began keeping up with the videos.

Uriminzokkiri videos have collected a total of 12.6 million views since the account was conceived and also has maintained a strong presence on Twitter,

In the last five years, the North Korean outlet's Twitter following has nearly doubled from 10,377 to 18,839 and it maintains an active presence on Facebook, where it links to articles on its main website.

Outside YouTube and Twitter, Uriminzokkiri and other media outlets have faced limited success.

Uriminzokkiri's Flickr account has just 58 subscribers but another outlet, DPRK Today, only has 66 YouTube subscribers and 8,179 views.

On Twitter, DPRK Today only has 24 followers and just nine subscribers on Flickr.

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DPRK Today follows nine accounts on Flickr, including Allow To, a South Korean photo-sharing site.

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