China Web Sites Require Users’ True Names and Identities
Apparently, China has recently introduced new government rules that require users of web site to use their true names and identities. It was done under secrecy because of fear from negative public reaction; the chief editor of one Chinese site said, “The influence of public opinion on the Net is still too big.”
The reason the government gave for this new law is that it is to encourage “social responsibility” and “civility” among users.
According to the NY Times,
government censors have closed thousands of sites in a continuing war on “vulgarity,” closed liberal forums and blogs for spreading “harmful information,” blocked access to YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, and cut off Internet service where serious unrest has erupted, notably in the Xinjiang region of the west after deadly clashes between ethnic Uighurs and Han in July. Increasingly, officials have defended the Web shutdowns on the grounds of national security.
Read the original NY Times story for more details.