Users of Instant Messaging Tools Required to Register Real Identities

Users of Instant Messaging Tools Required to Register Real IdentitiesAccording to China’s top cyber watchdog, all users of the popular instant tools such as WeChat must now register using their full names and those unlicensed accounts will be suspended and banned from publishing or forwarding any news. The State Internet Information Office has listed ten regulations that will tighten the management of instant messaging in their hopes of cleaning up the online environment and derailed rumors.

Public accounts that are operated by news agencies and websites along with some non journalism institutes that have online news and information licenses are allowed to publish and forward the news. All other public accounts that are not registered are not allowed to publish or forward that news without first getting the proper authorization. WeChat users can only receive their accounts once their real identities are verified then they can use nicknames in using instant messaging tools.

User privacy will be properly protected when they register using their real names. The new measures includes rules that states that users and providers of instant messaging are responsible for their own safe operation, protection of user information right and the citizens right to privacy which will be subjected to proper public super vision and the handling of illegal information in a proper and timely manner.

Regulators will then warn violators and limit their rights to release information suspend renewals and close accounts based on the degree of their violation. The new measures also require online service providers to ask users to provide their real identity if they want to acquire the services on their mobile phones.

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