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CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

Posted: December 16th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: CHINA!, Social Media, Technoid Computer News | Tags: , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off on CHINA: Beijing Orders Micro-bloggers to Register Real Names

CHINABeijing city authorities on Friday issued new rules requiring microbloggers to register their real names before posting online, as the Chinese government tightens its grip on the internet.

The city government now requires users of weibos – the Chinese version of Twitter – to give their real names to website administrators, its official news portal said.

The new rules will apply to weibo operators based in Beijing, which include Sina – owner of China’s most popular microblogging service which has more than 200 million users – as well as users living in the Chinese capital.

Weibo users reacted angrily to the new rules, saying this was an attempt to muzzle online criticism and debate.

“It is good to be responsible for one’s own comments but it shouldn’t be used as a tool to suppress people’s rights,” a blogger called Yuyue Yuanfei Ilu said in a posting :: Read the full article »»»»