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China demands use of real names in social media accounts

Michael Kan | Feb. 5, 2015
To eliminate fake social media accounts that impersonate public figures, the Chinese government has issued new rules that go much further and outlaw anonymity in blogs, social networks, discussion forums and IM services.

Users found violating the new regulations will be prosecuted by the relevant department. In the past, China has gone as far to arrest Internet users for spreading online rumors or false information.

 

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