KOREA: Porn clip posted on Yahoo Korea

Yahoo Korea removes one-minute sex video clip after YTN began collecting information about the incident

Korea Times
Monday, March 19, 2007

By Kim Rahn

Police are investigating how a porn video was posted on Yahoo Korea, one of the nation's largest portal sites.

Around 6:10 p.m. Sunday, an Internet user posted a one-minute sex video on Yammy, the portal's page for user created contents (UCC). More than 25,000 Internet users clicked on the video clip, making the footage the most viewed clip for a while.

Unaware of this, Yahoo Korea left the footage on the page for about six hours. It removed the video clip at 11:40 p.m. after the 24-hour news channel YTN began collecting details of the incident.

"We presume staff members did not properly screen the footage," a Yahoo Korea official said. The company plans to take additional measures on its site such as restricting video uploads, and will deliver an official apology.

Despite the removal, Internet users kept searching for "Yahoo footage" on other portal sites Monday.

The police said they will charge the Internet user who posted the video clip for violation of the law on communications and information protection after receiving the user's information from Yahoo Korea.

"We have a copy of the video footage and have launched an investigation into the case," an official of the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

The police will also question Yahoo Korea workers in charge of monitoring the site.

Internet users denounced the portal's poor supervision, saying many teenagers or younger students visit the site.