Menu
Instgram said to be back in North Korea

Instgram said to be back in North Korea

Block of photo sharing website dissappears with as much mystery as it appeared

A photograph of a North Korean billboard is seen on Instagram on June 25, 2015.

A photograph of a North Korean billboard is seen on Instagram on June 25, 2015.

The photos are flowing again from Pyongyang.

A week after mobile Internet users in North Korea began seeing messages telling them the site was blocked, access has been restored, the Associated Press reported on Thursday.

The block was an unusual one for the country, but then nothing about the Internet is normal in North Korea.

Almost the entire population of 25 million people is not permitted to access the network as part of draconian information control that bans foreign TV and print publications, independent media and also attempts to jam foreign radio broadcasts.

But a small handful do have access. They include those in top government positions, estimated to be in the low thousands, and resident foreigners, tourists and journalists in the capital.

And for the foreigners, access has always been completely unrestricted. Ironically, the connection in Pyongyang has provided more access than that in neighboring China, which imposes much less censorship on its citizens.

No reason for the outage of Instagram was given, but speculation has surrounded a fire at a major hotel in the city. Security forces attempted to stop people taking photographs of the scene but the pictures leaked out anyway. State-run media still hasn't reported on the fire, two weeks after it happened, but the images have made the news around the world.

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecoms, Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Follow Martyn on Twitter at @martyn_williams. Martyn's e-mail address is martyn_williams@idg.com


Follow Us

Join the newsletter!

Or

Sign up to gain exclusive access to email subscriptions, event invitations, competitions, giveaways, and much more.

Membership is free, and your security and privacy remain protected. View our privacy policy before signing up.

Error: Please check your email address.

Tags governmentsocial mediaregulationinternetInternet-based applications and servicesInstagram

Featured

Slideshows

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ

Partners are actively building out security practices and services to match, yet remain challenged by a lack of guidance in the market. This exclusive Reseller News Roundtable - in association with Sophos - assessed the making of an MSSP, outlining the blueprint for growth and how partners can differentiate in New Zealand.

The making of an MSSP: a blueprint for growth in NZ
Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018

The leading players of the New Zealand channel came together to celebrate a year of achievement at the inaugural Reseller News Platinum Club lunch in Auckland. Following the Reseller News Innovation Awards, Platinum Club provides a platform to showcase the top performing partners and start-ups of the past 12 months, with more than ​​50 organisations in the spotlight.​​​

Reseller News Platinum Club celebrates leading partners in 2018
Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ

HP has honoured its leading partners in New Zealand during 2018, following 12 months of growth through the local channel. Unveiled during the fourth running of the ceremony in Auckland, the awards recognise and celebrate excellence, growth, consistency and engagement of standout Kiwi partners.

Meet the top performing HP partners in NZ
Show Comments