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China tightens Internet controls, real-name system to expand

Michael Kan | June 11, 2012
China on Thursday unveiled a draft of new Internet regulations that, if finalized, will force the nation's Twitter-like social networking platforms, along with all the blogs and online forums to require users to register with their official IDs.

"We just don't know if this will be enforced," said Duncan Clark, chairman of consultancy firm BDA China. "I'm not sure that the government wants to be drastic. I think they want to hang this over the heads of the companies and use it to pressure them into compliance."


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