Adultery site back in business in S. Korea


SEOUL: The global adultery hook-up site Ashley Madison on Tuesday dubbed further efforts to ban it from South Korea as “futile” as customers greeted its return to the country with enthusiasm.

Ashley Madison is “no different than many other communication platforms and to ban us will be a futile attempt if the purpose is to ban infidelity”, its vice president Paul Keable told journalists in Seoul.

“We are no different than Samsung, we’re no different than Google and we’re no different from Facebook. If you ban us, you have to ban all those companies’ sites,” he added.

Citing a 1953 statute that criminalizes adultery, The Korea Communications Standards Commission blocked access to the site in April last year, only weeks after it went online in South Korea.

It had garnered 50,000 subscribers and $300,000 of revenue two weeks after its inauguration.

But South Korea’s Constitutional Court in February struck down the statute which had criminalized adultery in an attempt to protect traditional family values.

And a state watchdog last month permitted access to the Korean site of Canada-based Ashley Madison, whose slogan is: “Life is short. Have an affair.”



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