China’s censorship laws get tighter than ever

China has made yet another effort to make its censorship more serious. This time around, however, things are tighter than ever. According to some new rules published by China’s main internet sensor, people who want to post comments online will have to register with their real names. They can still use nicknames. However, these nicknames have to be tied to their real identities.

The Chinese government has always done things like this in the past. Over the past three years, China has made attempts to make people register for online accounts with their real names. However, this time around, internet companies and service providers have been made responsible for ensuring that users can be identified. Companies and service providers have been instructed to report any illegal content they see on any platform to the government. censorship in China

Now, this does not mean that the censorship rules are ironclad. Users have always found a way to circumvent these rules and get anonymous on Weibo chats and other platforms. Also, China’s firewall has been beaten by VPNs in the past. However, even the VPNs are beginning to succumb to pressure from the Chinese government. For example, Apple removed several VPN apps from the iTunes store.

Now, censorship in China has become even more serious. China has put the responsibility on companies and service providers. Thus, when someone creates an account on an online platform, they might as well use their real names. One way or the other, China’s censorship laws have made things a bit more difficult for the Chinese people to do what they want online. These new rules come ahead of the communist party’s 19’th National Congress, which convenes soon, and it is usually a time when the regime becomes more strict. Who knows how the service providers and internet companies in the country would respond to this rule.

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8 thoughts on “China’s censorship laws get tighter than ever

  • August 31, 2017 at 2:46 am
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    Strong government with strong will.. What do we have here in Nigeria

  • August 31, 2017 at 6:37 am
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    This new rule by the Chinese is highly welcome, I support the idea. Hope rules like that can be introduce to Nigeria in the near future. This is one of the right way to create a better world, because it will surely reduce the rate of fraud and scam on internet. Great move.

  • August 31, 2017 at 10:39 am
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    the security system in China is stronger not be compare to that of Nigeria,i love countries with such hard waking security because I know it hardly someone commit a crime and escape in such country like this.kudos to china with such a hard working securities.

    • August 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm
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      Hassan, you need to stop spamming posts with comments. You posted 4 comments on this post alone – and all four were mostly repetition. This behaviour will get your account blocked.

  • August 31, 2017 at 10:41 am
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    I think that if Nigeria will follow the foot steps of China crime rate will definitely reduce.

  • August 31, 2017 at 3:05 pm
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    I know of a popular Nigerian forum of close to 2million members. If this rule is implemented there, I doubt they would have up to 500k members😝

  • August 31, 2017 at 3:27 pm
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    I’m not surprised with this coming From the Chinese. There’s a thin line between freedom of expression and overbearing censorship by governments.

    Can we eat our cake and have it

  • August 31, 2017 at 5:50 pm
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    @Suleiman we currently are. Though the government of the day is trying hard to take the cake and rub our lips with Icing Sugar🍰

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