Kakao co-founder steps down after messenger app fails to police pornography

Lee Sir-goo, co-founder of Kakao, the developer of South Korea’s widely used KakaoTalk messenger, is leaving the company he helped build following a controversy regarding the circulation of pornography through the app, the Korea Herald reports.

The former CEO was last week indicted by the Suwon Prosecution Service without detention on charges of not doing enough to block obscene content from being distributed on KakaoGroup, a mobile app suite that includes the popular KakaoTalk and other private and group communication tools. Lee headed the company from August of 2011 until it merged with Daum, South Korea’s second-largest Internet search portal, in October last year.

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