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Seoul, South Korea seeks to ban Uber

A sign on a taxi in Seoul, South Korea.
SeongJoon Cho | Bloomberg | Getty Images
A sign on a taxi in Seoul, South Korea.

The government of Seoul, South Korea said Monday that it would seek to ban the ride-sharing app Uber, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.


The service is illegal under South Korean law, said the report. The city of Seoul—one of the most digitally connected in the world—plans to launch its own app soon that will provide similar features for its taxis, including geo-location and customer ratings.

In response, Uber released a statement: "Comments like these show Seoul is in danger of remaining trapped in the past and getting left behind by the global 'sharing economy' movement."

WSJ has the whole report.

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