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Publish Date28/12/2012 01:44:18 PM
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China, with more than 497 million internet users, has tightened its internet regulations in order to control the internet and protect personal information.
The new regulation requires users to sign agreements to access the internet, fixed-line telephone and mobile devices to provide network service operators with "genuine identification information", known as real-name registration.
Critics see this rule is a try to limit freedom of speech and new leadership views the internet as threat because the internet has been used to coordinate mass protests and a number of corrupt Communist Party officials have been exposed by individuals posting criticisms on the internet.
Sina Corp, the biggest internet firm in China said earlier this year: such a move would "severely reduce" traffic to its hugely-successful micro-blogging site Weibo, China`s equivalent to Twitter with more than 300 million users.
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