Real-name authentication of microblogging by March 16 in China

2012-02-08 - michelle
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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 (weibo.com), Sohu (t.sohu.com), Netease (t.163.com) and Tencent weibo (t.qq.com). 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.

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