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China: Micro-blog real name registration extended to Guangzhou and Shenzhen

Categories: China, Regulation

The regulation of real name registration for micro-blogging platform has extended from Beijing to Guangzhou and Shenzhen. According to local report [zh], the real name registration requirement is started today (December 22). 7 major micro-blogging platforms, including Tencents, Jinyang, Dayoo, Shenzhen News Web, OE, DIgu and Fanfou have to authenticate new users’ identity before granting them authority to create post.

New users have to provide their identity card numbers to the micro-blogging platforms and the companies would cross-check the details with government authority for identity authentication. The users can still use pseudo name for their account.