China cracks down on web anonymity with new regulations

The Chinese government this week passed a new rule requiring all internet users to use their real names when uploading videos to the web, as part of an attempt to crack down on online dissent. As Reuters reports, the rule was implemented on Monday, more than a year after the Communist Party began circulating a draft on a sweeping new online “identity management” policy.

In a notice published Monday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) said the rule is intended to “prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society.” The move is the latest in a series of laws requiring consumers to register their real…

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