(INDEPENDENT) — Chinese internet users will be forced to use their real names on social media and blogs, in line with a new rule from Chinese internet regulators.
It comes on the back of recent news that the “great firewall”, China’s internet blocks, climbed higher than ever last week with the blocking of the virtual private networks that many use to get to banned sites.
Since 2012, Beijing has required that internet companies keep the real names of some users. But the country has now rolled the rule out to blogs, social media and website comment sections, and will be applied more comprehensively.
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