THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT has been considering the internet, which is something of a reduced service in that location, and has decided that the authorities need a little bit more of a grasp on it.
The government already has the great - not great in that way - Firewall of China and regularly limits citizens' access to services and technology.
China has now upped its efforts, according to reports, and is extending its mandatory real name policies for main internet services to blog posts and pretty much anywhere else where someone might turn up and say something less than glorious about the republic without taking credit for it.
The government is concerned that pseudonyms could be used to incite hatred, cause offence, promote cults and jeopardise national security.
Confirmation comes from official Cyberspace Administration of China, and we have had to translate it from the original.
It says that the requirement is necessary to help protect citizens and organisations, and applies to "blogs, micro-blogs, instant communication tools, forums, paste-its, thread comments and other internet information services".
China has a lot of internet users. In fact, a report just released from the China Internet Network Information Centre on local statistics gives the country an internet user base of 649 million.
The country's population is well over one billion, which suggests that a lot of people are not online.
Those happy Chinese citizens who are online, and refuse to use their real names for whatever reason, face the risk of being cut off from the internet completely.
The government said that if a citizen persists in using a pseudonym "the internet service provider should take notice within a time limit" which could extend to "suspension, cancellation of registration and other measures". µ
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