South Korea most popular chat app, Kakao Talk, is now in the midst of the trembling crisis. Their co-founder Lee Seok-Woo just resigned because critics of Kakao Talk accused the firm for not being able to address the problem of child pornography.
Mr. Lee was moved to an advisory role after he was in-charge of the Kakao Talk app last August. For now, the app has 100 million users.
To be clear, Mr. Lee was not detained or arrested because of the controversy. He was just charged by the authorities of violating the South Korea’s Protection of Children and Juveniles from Sexual Abuse Act. On Saturday he will formally step down, November 14, 2015.
The authorities found out that the illegal material circulating around Kakao Talk was protected by an insider of the app.
South Korean law requires mobile operators to take tight measures to stop any form of child abuse photos and videos disseminated on their platforms. However, the ways on how to execute such rule was not specified by the law makers.
Kakao Talk holds an enormous amount of data since it has features to send multimedia files through one-on-one and group chats. It also works on both smartphones, PC, and other mobile devices.
The Korean mobile app served many people. Just because of the child porn problem, it seems that everything is at stake. I hope Kakao Talk can go back to its feet now. I think it is also a right move for Mr. Lee to step down rather than to same the shame of his incompetence.
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