China set new rules of the internet security, last week, Cyberspace Administration of China’s that is top internet regulator released new rules. They prohibit the commenting online if the user is anonymous.
The anonymity on the Chinese internet is just about dead, according to the new rules of August 25, you should provide your real identity if you want to comment online.
The Cyberspace Administration of China’s (CAC) insists on enforcing “real-name registration,” its rules are already in place in the popular platforms like WeChat, mobile phone numbers, Weibo, and other services. Over a few years, the Chinese government step by step tightens the grip, making the internet the most censoring place. The recent bunch of rule targets the relatively unruly world of online communities and discussion forums.
The cases of providing the fake names will be “investigate thoroughly”, said the official statement of CAC. On registration, the users in China should retain all user data for government inspection. In particular, the most popular online platforms like WeChat and Weibo already censored and operating under real-name registration rules.
The latest regulations follow a crackdown on VPNs and the CAC announcement that the country’s three largest internet companies were under investigation for not adequately controlling what users say on their platforms.