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China tells South Korea it blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk, Line to fight terrorism

Published on Aug 7, 2014 12:51 PM
The icon of messaging app Line is pictured on an Apple iPhone in this Aug 14, 2012, file photo illustration taken in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SEOUL (REUTERS) - Chinese authorities say they have blocked messaging apps KakaoTalk and Line as part of efforts to fight terrorism, South Korea said on Thursday, the first official explanation of service disruptions in China that began a month ago.

South Korea's Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning said China had confirmed it had blocked "some foreign messaging applications through which terrorism-related information" was circulating.

It named the other blocked apps as Didi, Talk Box and Vower.

"The ministry will continue negotiations with relevant Chinese counterparts to ensure that service disruptions for KakaoTalk and Line as well as inconvenience for the users in China are resolved as early as possible," the ministry said in a statement.

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