Chinese Internet users required to upload real names alongside videos

The situations for which a Chinese Internet user can maintain an anonymous online profile are getting less and less. Yesterday, China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Film, Radio and Television issued a notice that requires those who upload a video online to use their real names. 

Chinese Internet users are now required to register their real names to upload videos to Chinese online video sites, an official body said, as the Communist Party tightens its control of the Internet and media to suppress anti-government sentiment. The new rule has been implemented to “prevent vulgar content, base art forms, exaggerated violence and sexual content in Internet video having a negative effect on society,” China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SARFT) said on its website on Monday.

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