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China tightens Web controls; commenters must register real names
China tightens Web controls; commenters must register real names

China’s Internet regulators on Wednesday announced wide-reaching rules requiring anybody posting comments online to register using their real name, the latest step in a continued tightening of control over freedom of expression online. The regulations, which are set to take effect March 1, require people to register accounts with their real name when using blogs, online forums and other platforms that allow online expression -- including instant messaging services or news comment sections, the Cyberspace Administration of China said. Users will be allowed to pick their own user names and avatar images, provided they aren’t impersonating organizations or well-known users...

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