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China implements real-name microblog registration

(People's Daily Overseas Edition)

17:11, December 27, 2011

Edited and translated by People's Daily Online

New microblog users in Shanghai will need to register with their real names starting Dec. 26. Similar rules have been implemented in Beijing, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.

At present, the real-name registration rule only applies to new users, including individuals and institutions, who are required to submit their ID number or institutional code when registering. Microblogging sites are requested to cooperate with government agencies in verifying the identity information submitted.

The new rule will be gradually extended to cover existing microblog users, who will still be allowed to use their pseudonyms instead of real names according to their own will when posting updates.

Microblogging sites and verification agencies will be urged to establish and improve procedures for enforcing real-name registration, in order to ensure the safety of users’ identity information, to protect their legitimate interests, and to safeguard public interest and national information security.

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