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China to expand real-name registration of microbloggers
Posted By admin On January 18, 2012 @ 4:10 am In Prison Planet | Comments Disabled
London Guardian 
January 18, 2012
China will expand real-name registration for microblog users, a senior propaganda official has said. Authorities have grown increasingly concerned about the speed with which information and allegations can spread on the Twitter-like services, which have more than 300m registered users in China.
Last month, the Beijing municipal government said users would have three months to register their real identities or face the consequences.
“Currently, this type of registration is being tested in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen. We will extend it to other areas once the pilot programmes prove successful,” said Wang Chen, minister of the State Council Information Office.
“We will focus on newly registering users and then extend it to existing microbloggers.”
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