Amid charges that a cell surrounding lawmaker Lee Seok-ki of the hard-left Unified Progressive Party conspired to stage a rebellion, figures reveal that pro-North Korean posts online are in fact dwindling.
A total of 178,381 pro-North Korean postings were detected on South Korean websites between 2010 and May this year, or an average of 143 every day, according to police data submitted to Saenuri Party lawmaker Cho Won-jin.
But the number is declining, apparently because activists are moving on to Facebook, Twitter and other social networks.
Police refused to provide Cho with the origins of the postings citing an ongoing investigation.
The number of posts deleted at the request of law enforcement officials fell from 80,449 in 2010 to 79,038 in 2011 and just 12,921 last year. In the first five months of this year, 5,973 posts were deleted.
Some 85 pro-North Korean blogs or message boards were shut down in 2010, 225 in 2011, 138 in 2012 and 48 in the first five months of this year.
A police spokesman said officers are trying to find out why the number declined markedly since 2012. "It appears that such activities have moved to servers based overseas or are being done through social media," the spokesman said.