25 Dec '11, 9pm

More Chinese cities requiring users of Twitter-like microblog services to register with real names

BEIJING - More Chinese cities are requiring users of Twitter-like microblog services to register with their real names, the state media said on Thursday, in a move likely to deter many online voices. China has more than 485 million Internet users, the most of any country in the world. Sites that are deemed politically destabilising or pornographic are routinely blocked but microblogs have been widely used to share information not available in the state media. China blocked Twitter and Facebook after they were instrumental in anti-government protests in Iran two years ago and, instead, encouraged home-grown alternatives in the belief that domestic companies would be more responsive to government demands. The official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday that the cities of Guangzhou and Shenzhen have adopted rules requiring users of microblogs based there to use their real na...

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