The Beijing city government said on Friday it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences.
China has repeatedly criticised microblog users for spreading what it calls unfounded rumours and vulgarities and has issued a series of warnings that online content must be acceptable to the ruling Communist Party.
Censors have a hard time monitoring the tens of millions of messages sent every day. Now, in rules unveiled by the Chinese capital’s government and carried by state media, individual and company users must register with their real identification information. Users have three months to register with “responsible departments for Internet content” or will face legal consequences, state media cited the rules as saying.