Unless you live in North Korea, Russia or China, chances are you’ve never flown on North Korea’s Air Koryo. But thanks to the power of Facebook, you can now choose to like the airline and comment on its wall. But be careful what you say. The airline recently had to scold a group of “South Korean false fans” whose “spam had engulfed much of the fan-pages’ posts and pictures.”
The Facebook page boasts pictures of Air Koryo’s fleet, standard social media offerings such as polls (“Which destination would you rather Air Koryo serve: Kuala Lumpur or Singapore?”), and a non-interactive flight schedule. It also has some strict rules:
Recently we have had a huge influx of people posting in many languages and regardless of what languages people post in we would only answer posts in English, this page is setup to cater for the entire globe and we post and repsonde [sic] only in English so please post in English for the greater contribution of this page and for other fans.
On a similar note please, no political talk on this fan-page there has been a recent bunch of political junk being posted around this page. Any post must relate and be relevant to Air Koryo otherwise we will not tollerate [sic] any spam/irralevance [sic] and the posts will be deleted. If you want to discuss politics find a page that is based on that subject.
After a would-be fan posted a non-English response, Air Koryo responded: “You have one more warning left, if you continue to write in other languages you will be banned from this fan-page.”
Occasionally, political comments do make it through, including this one posted by a site admin a few months ago in response to a question about potential flights to the U.S.: “Maybe with time, first there must be a change to the political government of the DPRK. Then we may see some great changes to this carrier.”