The Chinese government is dead-set on making it so that all online interactions can be tied to a specific user. The latest move towards this goal came on Friday, when the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released an overview of the new rules that dictate that anonymous users can’t post content online.
The new rules
The rules have actually been announced by China’s National Internet Information Office, and are expected to be enforced by Internet forum community service providers.
They require them to, among other things, supervise and manage their communities so that state prohibited information is not produced or disseminated (either by them or by users), and to make sure that the user information tied to each account is authentic and well protected.
“Prohibited information” in this context includes information:
- Opposing the principles of the Chinese constitution
- Endangering national security
- Damaging to national honor and interests
- Inciting national hatred, ethnic discrimination and undermining national unity
- Undermining national religious policies, promoting cults and feudal superstitions
- Rumors disrupting social order and destroying social stability
- Obscenity, pornography, gambling, violence, murder, terror or abetting a crime
- Insulting or slandering others and infringing upon their rights
- Any other content prohibited by laws and administrative regulations.
The new rules are set to come into effect on October 1. More…