China to Require Real Names for Chat Apps
August 8, 2014 8:28 PM
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.
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.
The New York Times
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