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Police looking into allegations opposition party involved in election opinion rigging

All Headlines 16:03 June 06, 2018

SEOUL, June 6 (Yonhap) --Seoul police are looking into suspicions that the main opposition party engaged in massive online opinion rigging during elections, including the 2007 presidential vote.

A newspaper reported Wednesday that the Liberty Korea Party used a computer program to spread favorable news and jack up "likes" on comments on Internet sites from 2006 to 2014. At those times, the party's name was first the Grand National Party and then the Saenuri Party.

The report cited the party campaign office's chat records that it secured from an insider.

"We are checking the authenticity of the report," the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency said.

The agency is currently probing a similar online manipulation scheme led by an arrested blogger linked to the ruling Democratic Party.

The blogger known as Druking used the same software. In a recent letter sent to a news outlet, he said that he acquired the program from a campaign official of the Grand National Party. It was used during the 2007 presidential election, he added.
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