China re­stricts In­ter­net names

China Daily (Canada) - - FRONT PAGE -

Obama and Putin have been banned from China’s In­ter­net.

As In­ter­net ac­count names, that is, along with ac­count names fak­ing gov­ern­ment or­gans, celebri­ties and of­fi­cials, nick­names ap­par­ently ad­ver­tis­ing cults, pornog­ra­phy and dam­ag­ing state se­cu­rity will also be banned.

China will ask In­ter­net firms to vet “in­ap­pro­pri­ate ac­count names” used on vir­tu­ally all plat­forms to keep cy­berspace “clean”, said XuFeng, head of mo­bil­ity bureau at the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China.

The new rule re­quires reg­u­lated ac­count names on vir­tu­ally all plat­forms, in­clud­ing blogs, mi­cro-blogs, so­cial net­work­ing tools and mes­sag­ing ap­pli­ca­tions.

The reg­u­la­tion will go into ef­fect on March 1.

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