South Korea defence ministry draws fire for inappropriate children's website

Screengrab from South Korea's Ministry of National Defense website featured on The Korea Herald.
PHOTO: The Korea Herald/Asia News Network

SEOUL - The South Korean Ministry of National Defence's website made for children's educational purposes contain inappropriate contents, according to claims on Wednesday (Jan 30).

In a local media report on Wednesday, some categories - including the cartoons, games and comments sections - on the site were shown to contain inappropriate contents.

Cartoons on the site included a scene showing a man swearing after being caught having an affair at work, as well as a soldier asking his girlfriend to go to a motel with him.

Games that can be played on the homepage also include sexist expressions. In a game of whack-a-mole, a quote using an inappropriate term for women appears.

On the Q&A board for the site, compromising posts unsuitable to be read by children have been left, yet remain posted even months later.

The homepage being neglected by officials of the Ministry of National Defence reportedly shows poor service. More than half of the banners on the webpage direct to a site that does not exist.

"We apologise for inappropriate contents on our homepage for children. As measures are to be taken, the site will be temporarily out of service," the Ministry of National Defence posted to its official Twitter.