Tighter rules is­sued for in­stant mes­sag­ing

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWSCAPSULE -

China’s top cy­ber watch­dog is­sued rules for in­stant mes­sag­ing, or­der­ing that users must reg­is­ter with their real names and tight­en­ing ac­cess to pub­lic ac­counts.

The move by the State In­ter­net In­for­ma­tion Of­fice fol­lows the in­creas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of in­stant mes­sag­ing that has led to prob­lems, in­clud­ing the spread­ing of ru­mors and in­for­ma­tion re­lated to ter­ror­ism, pornog­ra­phy and vi­o­lence.

Only pub­lic ac­counts op­er­ated by news agen­cies and news web­sites, some non-jour­nal­ism in­sti­tutes with on­line news and in­for­ma­tion ser­vice li­censes, can pub­lish and for­ward po­lit­i­cal news. Other pub­lic ac­counts must not pub­lish or for­ward po­lit­i­cal news with­out au­tho­riza­tion.

Users can still use on­line nick­names when us­ing in­stant mes­sag­ing tools, the new rules say.

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