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Facebook's lawsuit against South Korean regulator admitted by Seoul court

The Seoul Administrative Court has admitted Facebook Inc.'s case against South Korean media regulator Korea Communications Commission, as the social media giant appeals against a 396-million-won fine and corrective measures over allegations of network slowdown and limiting user access, ZD Net Korea reported May 20.

Pleading has been set for June 28 when Facebook's submission will be heard in court.

In 2016 and 2017, the Korea Communications Commission investigated complaints from subscribers of SK Telecom Co. Ltd., SK Broadband and LG Uplus Corp., finding out that Facebook slowed down accessibility by routing connections to servers located in Hong Kong and the U.S., thus bypassing local internet service providers.

The social networking giant reportedly argued that it cannot be held accountable for internet access speeds as it is only a content provider. It rested its argument on the fact that the slowdown was a result of a collapse of negotiations between the local telecom companies.

As of May 18, US$1 was equivalent to 1,082.34 South Korean won.