South Korean newspaper reports claim the government there is considering legal action against Google, following its decision to block comments and video uploads on the Korean YouTube site. That move came in response to a new law requiring owners of video sites to collect the names and details of uploaders and possibly hand that information over to the government. “We believe that it is important for free expression that people have the right to remain anonymous if they choose,” says a statement from Google, but local politicians aren’t happy, with one telling the National Assembly that Google is “speaking as though Korea is [a] backwards internet nation that is intensifying its internet censorship”.

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