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New real name rule for bloggers (2)

By Xu Chi (Shanghai Daily)

08:21, December 26, 2011

Healthy Internet

Last Thursday, seven major websites in Guangzhou and Shenzhen in Guangdong Province followed Beijing's lead.

In Shanghai, the city government said that the new rules were "in line with Chinese laws and regulations to foster a healthy Internet culture and better manage social networking websites and instant-messaging tools," Xinhua news agency reported.

China had 63 million microblog users by the end of 2010, accounting for 13.8 percent of its 457 million Internet users, according to data released by the China Internet Network Information Center earlier this year.

On Weibo.com, the real-name registration regulation has sparked heated discussion.

Some users are concerned that the new policy may put their private information at risk of being stolen and exposed by hackers, while some question whether the new regulation would end up having little effect.

"If the microblog service providers are not equipped with strong online security measurements to ensure profiles' safety, I may simply quit it before someone uses my own name to violate the laws or cheat on others," said a user nicknamed Clark.

Last week, more than 50 million user profiles on several of China's most popular online forums and gaming websites were reported to have been hacked and details uploaded online for anyone to copy.

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