An Army unit has ordered its troops to delete some smartphone applications that are deemed pro-North Korean, including one for a popular political satire podcast show, officials said Friday.
A subordinate unit of the Army Logistics Command last Tuesday compiled a list of eight apps to be deleted from or not to be downloaded to soldiers' smartphones, officials said. Under the order, the unit is to carry out security checks on every third Wednesday of the month and make sure these applications aren't on troops' phones.
The list includes an application for "Naneun Ggomsuda," or "I'm a Petty-minded Creep," a hugely popular political satire program among liberal-minded supporters. Other apps considered pro-North Korean are "Smart Card," which contains criticism of Seoul's policy on unification, and "North Korea World," which offers travel information to North Korea.
"Naneun Ggomsuda," one of the most frequently downloaded programs on Apple's podcast, has stirred controversy with the panel members' hard-hitting take on the Lee Myung-bak administration, but it hasn't directly supported North Korea.
An Army official said the move appears to be designed to enhance cyber security and insisted the Army headquarters didn't issue the order.