China mandates the use of real names with messaging services

China is cracking down on instant messaging services in an attempt to ensure citizens “obey the law and uphold the socialist system.” The New York Times reports that authorities are requiring the use of real names when registering public accounts, similar to a one-time Google+ policy. Additionally, users must sign a strict contract designed to help police the dissemination of information, and also desist from publishing political news or current affairs without governmental permission.

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