Wednesday, August 20, 2014

China moves to control instant messaging

As of last Thursday, if you are Chinese and want to use instant messaging you must register your real name with the government and receive approval before publishing political news. You must also sign an agreement to "uphold "the socialist system, ... national interests, and information authenticity". Access to foreign IM apps has also been blocked. This is similar to a block imposed two years ago by the Chinese government. Even though the Chinese maintain a tight control on Chinese users of social media, hundreds of millions of Chinese use them. Those who break the rules will have their posts restricted or accounts closed and be reported to authorities. The government is doing this to "resist the spread of harmful information" and to control terrorism to prevent "seriously undermining public interests." Clearly they are controlling information. Oh China, how much longer? Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-28694890

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