The ac­count reg­is­tra­tion pol­icy has been loose since the In­ter­net came to China.”

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Nick­names in cy­berspace such as “Obama” and “Putin” are no longer avail­able for ne­ti­zens in China as the coun­try vows to crack down on in­ap­pro­pri­ate and un­law­ful screen names, an in­dus­try reg­u­la­tor said on Wed­nes­day.

Ac­counts pre­tend­ing to be gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions, celebri­ties and of­fi­cials are also banned, the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China said, as are nick­names that ap­pear to advertise cults or pornog­ra­phy, or that dam­age State se­cu­rity.

The newrule re­quires ne­ti­zen­stousereg­is­teredac­count names on vir­tu­ally all plat­forms, in­clud­ing blogs, so­cial net­work­ing tools and mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions, said Xu Feng, direc­tor of the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s mo­bile net­work man­age­ment bureau.

The author­ity promised to set up a com­plaint mech­a­nism, giv­ing users a chance to reap­ply for their ac­counts if they were shut down.

The rule will take ef­fect on March 1.

Web­site op­er­a­tors and In­ter­net com­pa­nies have been asked to ver­ify ac­counts and clean up those that are un­qual­i­fied, the ad­min­is­tra­tion said.

Since last year, the ad­min­is­tra­tion has re­peat­edly asked In­ter­net firms to vet ac­counts to keep cy­berspace “clean and tidy”.

In­ter­net com­pa­nies were asked by the ad­min­is­tra­tion to col­lect the real iden­ti­ties of its users last year.

Op­er­a­tors of fo­rums, mi­cro blogs and mes­sag­ing plat­forms were also or­dered to hire a mon­i­tor­ing team to take down

“We found some ac­counts used names of the Cen­tral dis­ci­plinary in­spec­tor or well-known eco­nomic spe­cial­ists to pub­lish false in­for­ma­tion. Such be­hav­ior threat­ens the healthy devel­op­ment of theWeb,” saidXu.

Wang Sixin, a law pro­fes­sor at Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Univer­si­ty­ofChina, sai­datighter grip on il­le­gal In­ter­net in­for­ma­tion is very nec­es­sary.

“The ac­count reg­is­tra­tion pol­icy has been loose since the In­ter­net came to China,” Wang said. “Poor ac­count man­age­ment trig­gered an ar­ray of prob­lems such as on­line fraud and an over­flow of pornog­ra­phy.”

“Now that there are more than 2 bil­lion on­line ac­counts, it is time to shut down ma­li­cious ac­counts.”

He added that In­ter­net com­pa­nies need to bear much of the re­spon­si­bil­ity to stop il­le­gal ac­tiv­ity be­cause they are the big­gest ben­e­fi­cia­ries of China’s boom­ing cy­bere­con­omy.


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