Real-name authentication of microblogging by March 16 in China

2012-02-08 - michelle

According to the implementation of the “Beijing shi wei bo fazhan guanli you guan gui ding (Regulation on mirco-blogging in Beijing)” , the real-name authentication will be executed by the four popular microblogs in China from March 16. Theese include Sina (, Sohu (, Netease ( and Tencent weibo ( Although this regulation claims to be “voluntary”, old users without real-name authentication are unable to post and forward messages anymore. They can only browse contents on the blog.

The implementation requires true personal information during micro-blogging account registration while user names are free to choose. According to statistics, 65% of China's Internet users have microbloggings and account numbers should be over 320 million. Mirco-bloggers showed their creativity when opposing this act. For example, some advocate closed their accounts in these sites while others registered new account on “google+” or twitter. Personal information of Fang binxin (the so-called “father of China’s great fire wall”) is circulated and being used for real-name authentication purpose.

The regulation also states that no organization or individual may use micro-blog to copy, publish, and disseminate wide-range of contents. Messages with content endangering national security, leaking state secrets, subverting state power or damages national unity; harming national honor and interests; undermining national unity and state religious policies; spreading rumors, disturbing social order or undermining social stability; inciting unlawful assembly, procession and demonstration, or gatherings that disturbing social order; carrying out activities of illegal civil organizations were all blocked. Critics comment this regulation will further disrupt freedom of speech and authority will be easier to monitor netizens’ activities.