China Controversially Bans Internet Anonymity Threatening Privacy

Posted on Dec 31 2012 - 11:44pm by Sidrah Zaheer

Chinese are controversial in so many ways. China comes under harsh criticism from freedom activists every time it does anything against its netizens. This time, Chinese government has banned internet anonymity for internet users forever. Although most users do use their real names while engaging in any online activity, from their profiles to commenting on a blog, but some users do prefer to remain unnamed. It protects their privacy and keeps them away from trouble that might ensue from their words.

China recently passed a law which necessitates citizens to identify themselves online when signing up for the internet and other telecommunications services. Chinese citizens have to disclose full names when ordering landlines, mobile phones, and internet connections. This means that those netizens who have created their online accounts with pen-names will now have to let go of their nicknames and start, for example, tweeting and blogging under their real names.

The government print mouthpiece, People’s Daily, justified the act by saying that “absolute freedom of the network does not exist… the virtual society and social reality are inseparable”. Most people would like to make-belief and want virtual world to be different than social reality and most do use internet in that way. It is an escape for most netizens and they prefer anonymity than being revealed.

In a way, it would be taking virtual existence into real social life when people talk about what they have said online, whilst what they have said online, should be read online, rather than talked about in a face-to-face conversation. It beats the purpose of writing a blog post, when you can give a talk instead. For a lot of people, there are no forums to talk on and this is true for the Chinese who like to vent their true feelings about their government.

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