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China takes away the right to online anonymity

Video uploaders must be traceable
Tue Jan 21 2014, 12:27
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THE GLORIOUS People's Republic of China is preventing anonymous online accounts from blooming and is opening a large, possibly red book on video uploaders.

China is not well known for giving its citizens much elbow room, and now, according to a report at Reuters, it has whipped away a bit more freedom.

New rules designed to stop people from being "vulgar", among other things, prevent Chinese internet users from posting anonymous video content online.

Painted as a way to protect the easily shocked from the relatively shocking, it could also be viewed as a way to suppress political dissent and protests.

The official line, according to Reuters' translation, comes from China's State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT), which said that the rule will "prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society".

The document, which we have also translated, says that "poor style, violence porn network audio and video programs" are not welcome and are best addressed by preventing anonymous uploads and sharing. It decrees that any audio and visual service must be able to provide real names for all users, presumably to the state.

The average Chinese citizen is used to this sort of oppression, however, and it is possible that recalcitrant internet users will still be able to avoid identification by the Chinese government.

The Chinese government recently dropped a trade embargo on video games consoles in a move that elicited 'so what' shrugs. µ


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