Koreans Share Privacy Concerns with Kakao Talk

D-Bo, Oct. 10, 2014, 9:48 a.m.

A large number of Korean smartphone users are turning their backs on the country's top messaging app due to privacy concerns.  The exodus began after the censorship controversy where the government asked KakaoTalk for some users' chats, which prompted fears that the government could read users' messages. 

Meanwhile, the German-based messaging app Telegram said 1.5 million Koreans have subscribed to their service over the past week. Telegram, which said it would launch a Korean version of its service soon, is popular around the world because it is heavily encrypted.  KakaoTalk said Wednesday that it plans to adopt a "privacy mode" that will have similar features.

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