China forces Internet users to reveal their identity on forums

China is a country that is known worldwide to be a strict regulator of the way people use the internet. Whether you are a Chinese or an expatriate, the laws in China concerning internet usage would affect you. Though the country has been criticized occasionally for limiting the freedom of its internet users, the socialist government is strongly pushing for more regulations, attributing them to a protection of the country on a larger scale.

While last July China announced that it would permanently remove all VPNs from its territory, the government has released new measures and further restricts the freedoms of Internet users in the country, both citizens and expatriates.

Following a statement by the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) on August 25, all Internet users posting on Chinese forums must first have provided their true identities to the sites in question. A measure that echoes rules already in place for social networks WeChat and Weibo.

The forums must, in accordance with the “real name” principle, ask the user to register his account by authenticating the requested information and to verify the identity of the user […] – Article 8 , Extract translated from the rules of the CAC.

There are a total of 13 articles that have been written to master the information circulating in Chinese forums. So with VPN, verification of identities on social networks and now forums, the socialist party in power thus controls the information on the internet. If in this statement it is a matter of ‘securing the nation’, it is indeed a means of additional censorship.

As the New York Times reports, the latest measures regulating even more Internet in China coincide with the holding of the national congress of the Communist Party planned this year. If China is often pointed out, rightly, for these undemocratic practices, the United States has also been criticized. Recently the Senate and the House of Representatives passed a law allowing Internet service providers to sell their clients’ web histories.