Thousands of people in South Korea are boycotting Kakao Talk, the country’s leading social media service, after the president announced a crackdown on rumours about her circulating in cyberspace.

Prosecutors announced the crackdown two weeks ago after President Park Geun-hye complained about insults directed at her and said false rumours “divided the society.”

Users of Kakao Talk, which is popular among 35 million of South Korea’s 50 million people, were not impressed and it prompted a surge of interest in a previously little known German competitor, Telegram.

Research firm said an estimated 610,000 South Korean smartphone users visited Telegram on Wednesday, a 40-fold increase before the crackdown was announced.

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