Tighter rules issued for instant messaging
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.