China is tightening rules for online platforms, requiring businesses to authenticate users

The China Cyberspace Administration issued a new regulation on June 27, requiring all online platform operators to authenticate a user’s identity and verify the account information sent by the user during registration.

The new regulation requires network information service providers to display their user IP address on their account information page. This makes it easier to monitor the user’s location in Beijing.

The new rule will come into effect on August 1st, when businesses need to validate the online identities of all users.

“Illegal” posts critical of the regime

LuBei, a commentator on the current issue, told The Epoch Times that the new rules will allow the administration to maintain control of information in the face of growing criticism online.

Mr. Lou said Beijing aims to extend centralized control of information systems to the daily lives of its citizens and oversee all movements of their citizens. The administration knew that it would use network technology in ways that violated the rights and privacy of the general public, but at the same time it was unable to monitor the movement of criminals.

On June 28, the Ministry of Public Security of China announced on WeChat’s public account that the Cyber ​​Security Department had investigated more than 600 “illegal” posts by the “Internet Water Army” or “Internet Navy.” According to the state-run People’s Daily, more than 4,000 suspects were arrested by posting positive comments to inflate the company’s online image.

The report said these commentators spread a disadvantageous view of the Chinese economy and released “illegal and harmful information to manipulate or disrupt the order of online public opinion.”

Mr. Lu said Beijing’s crackdown on the so-called “illegal Internet Navy” was about hot topics such as the “iron chain woman” trafficking scandal, the blockade of the “nightmare” in Shanghai, and the beating of a woman in Tangshan. The case that I believe is to avoid talking, and the case of Chungzhou Bank Depositor.

“All topics related to the general public are suppressed and inappropriate comments are excluded, deleted, or warning labeled. People are deprived of their freedom and criminals because they” chose conflict and caused trouble. ” Was labeled, “Lu added.

“In the meantime, the’legal’Internet Navy will be paid by the Chinese Communist Party. Reportedly, “50 Cent” will be paid for each CCP-supported statement or in exchange for a commutation of imprisonment. “

Dorothy Li contributed to this report.

Kane Chan