China issues ultimatum to bloggers and blog commenters

Agence France-Presse
Raw Story

Microblog users in Beijing who do not register using their real names by mid-March will be banned from posting comments, a local official said on Wednesday, as authorities tighten their grip on the web.

The Chinese capital recently ordered users of weibos — popular microblogs similar to Twitter — to register using their real names, making it easier for authorities to track them if they post sensitive material.

The move comes as nervous authorities tighten their grip on the Internet amid fears it could help fuel unrest as China prepares to undergo a once-in-a-decade leadership transition this year.

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