Real-name regis­tra­tion re­quired for on­line posts

Global Times - Weekend - - NATION -

Chi­nese In­ter­net users must reg­is­ter us­ing their real names and in­for­ma­tion be­fore they can be al­lowed to post on­line com­ments, ac­cord­ing to a new guide­line pub­lished by the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAC) on Fri­day.

The web­sites’ feed­back ser­vices have en­riched ne­ti­zens’ In­ter­net life, but has also led to the spread of ru­mors, filthy lan­guage and il­le­gal in­for­ma­tion, the guide­line said.

The CAC re­quires web­sites to es­tab­lish a re­view and real-time ver­i­fi­ca­tion sys­tem to im­me­di­ately de­tect and deal with il­le­gal in­for­ma­tion.

“The sys­tem tar­gets public in­for­ma­tion rather than per­sonal mes­sages, and will not af­fect pri­vacy. Free­dom of speech will not be vi­o­lated since the sys­tem deals with il­le­gal in­for­ma­tion,” the CAC said.

Mean­while, cy­berspace of­fices should con­duct a reg­u­lar credit as­sess­ment of providers of feed­back ser­vices and es­tab­lish a black list, ac­cord­ing to the guide­line.

The CAC on Fri­day also is­sued an­other guide­line for on­line fo­rums and com­mu­ni­ties, such as Baidu Tieba and tianya.cn.

Ac­cord­ing to the guide­line, those who use In­ter­net fo­rums must reg­is­ter with the web­sites us­ing their real name be­fore be­ing al­lowed to post.

Em­ploy­ees of on­line fo­rums are like­wise pro­hib­ited from seek­ing il­le­git­i­mate in­ter­ests by pub­lish­ing, for­ward­ing, delet­ing or al­ter­ing the posts on their plat­forms.

Ear­lier this month, China’s In­ter­net watch­dog launched in­ves­ti­ga­tions into pop­u­lar Chi­nese so­cial net­works WeChat, Sina Weibo and Baidu Tieba for sus­pected vi­o­la­tions of China’s Cy­ber­se­cu­rity Law.

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