Mainland chat service wants users’ real names – Kevin Huang

From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media:

A plan by the mainland’s dominant instant messenger portal, QQ, to require that organisers and governors of chat groups register their real names has triggered a storm of protest among users. has more than 400 million registered users, and membership is required to take part in its chat groups.

The portal has about 1.5 million frequent users, many of them university students, and has occasionally been used to disseminate information about the banned Falun Gong movement and pornographic images.

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