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It's not 100 percent clear how China will enforce these new regulations

Mobile instant messaging services are the latest targets in China as officials place new restrictions on how they're used.
According to The New York Times, the State Internet Information Office in China said that users with public accounts must register their real names and sign a contract saying that they'll obey the law.
In addition, they need government approval in order to post or repost political news and current affairs. 
The aim behind the new regulation is likely to keep users from circulating information and opinions that make the state look bad or reveal too much about daily life in China. 
Social media is a quick way for any piece of information to get around, and China wants to keep it in control. 

While the new regulations apply to all instant messaging services, it is believed that it's mainly targeting WeChat (known in Chinese as Weixin). It allows users to share text, audio, photos and video messages. 
Chinese authorities also blocked two South Korean-owned instant messaging services -- called KakaoTalk and Line -- because China said they have "antiterrorism concerns" regarding the apps.
It's not 100 percent clear how China will enforce these new regulations. 
This isn't a surprising move. Back in December 2012, it was reported that China wanted real names when registering for internet access, so the fact that it's doing the same for mobile messaging isn't shocking.

Source: The New York Times

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that will
By carigis on 8/8/2014 10:42:09 PM , Rating: 2
only 4,000 surnames in china.. the 2007 survey revealed China had approximately 92,881,000 Wangs (7.25% of the general population), 92,074,000 Lis (7.19%), and 87,502,000 Zhangs (6.83%) .. should be simple to narrow down the

RE: that will
By fleshconsumed on 8/8/2014 11:17:07 PM , Rating: 4
By itself no. But you'd be surprised how easy it is to identify a person based on just a few more pieces of information such as IP address and such. There was an article not too long ago that described how retail stores uniquely identify customers - basically your first and last name plus zip code is all they need to tell with 95% certainty who you really are and look you up in their database. So no, name by itself won't tell you much, but pair it with something else and it's almost as good as SSN.

RE: that will
By carigis on 8/9/2014 3:24:03 PM , Rating: 3
Except the U.S. Has over 150,000 surnames so much more uniqueness. If the name is smith even a zipcode isn't giving you 95 percent certainty. The point is... It's like every one having the name smith..or one of the other top 10 names.

We have our own version of that
By flyingpants1 on 8/9/2014 3:20:58 PM , Rating: 2
It's called Facebook and Google Plus!

By carigis on 8/9/2014 3:24:59 PM , Rating: 2
Google plus no longer requires real names.

RE: We have our own version of that
By Natch on 8/9/2014 8:09:50 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, because it's so hard to open a FB account with an assumed name. They don't care, so long as you're accessing it every so often, so they feel as though they're making some ad revenue off of you.

By flyingpants1 on 8/17/2014 11:27:30 PM , Rating: 2
Right, that's why I said "our own version". Not identical.

Chinese Chat Logs
By EricMartello on 8/11/14, Rating: 0
RE: Chinese Chat Logs
By flyingpants1 on 8/17/2014 11:29:24 PM , Rating: 2
Whoa, what the hell is wrong with you?

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