China Enforces Real-Name Policy to Regulate Online Comments

China top internet regulator has announced a new set of rules that would force citizens to post comments using their real-world identities on Internet forums and other web platforms.

The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) will officially start enforcing the new rules starting from October 1, 2017. The new law when effective will be requiring websites operators and service providers of online forums to request and verify real names and other personal information from users when they register and must immediately report illegal content to the authorities.

According to the CAC, the following content would be considered unlawful and forbidden from being published online:

•Opposing the basic principles as defined in the Constitution
•Endangering national security
•Damaging nation’s honor and interests
•Inciting national hatred, ethnic discrimination and undermining national unity
•Undermining nation’s religious policies and promoting cults
•Spreading rumours, disrupting social order and destroying social stability
•Spreading pornography, gambling, violence, murder, terror or abetting a crime
•Insulting or slandering others and infringing upon others
•Any other content that is prohibited by laws and administrative regulations

The new rules will be imposed on websites, smartphone apps, interactive communications platforms, and any communication platform that features news or functions to “mobilise society.” In fact, news sites even have to moderate comments before publishing.

It will be recalled that China recemtly commenced a crackdown on VPN vendors which saw tech giants such as Apple to remove VPN from China market.

Post Author: Churchill Aribodor

Churchill Aribodor is a cyberseurity and management systems expert. He is passionate about cybersecurity and devotes a lot of time raising awareness on secure cyberspace for the good of all. He has consulted, audited and trained professionals in this area. He is a rounded ICT thought leader covering people, process and technology. He can be reached through arihills@hotmail.com

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