Starting March 1, China will ban internet accounts that impersonate people or organizations, and enforce the requirement that people use real names when registering accounts online, its internet watchdog, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), said on Wednesday.
The new regulations are part of efforts to impose real-name registration requirements on internet users and halt the spread of rumors online, the CAC said. Internet companies will have the responsibility to enforce the rules.
On Tuesday, the CAC accused NetEase Inc, a U.S.-listed Chinese web portal, of spreading rumors and pornography. And last month, 133 WeChat accounts were shut down for "distorting history", state media reported.
There are only one hundred surnames in China, so the chances of multiple persons of the same name, even from the same village, is huge. So we need about a billion social security numbers, comrades! I love it when we are all equal, you know!
> There are only one hundred surnames in China,
I had heard that too. I was even going to post that. But I decided to double check before doing so and found out it is not really true. [wikipedia.org]
Jeez, facts? How will we ever get anything resolved here on SN? OK, how about "only one hundred names for Han Chinese"? Better? (And besides, 4000 for a population of a billion is not much of a difference, proportionately. )
Proportionally it is 40x greater.
For some values of proportionality! Japan has over 100,000 surnames http://www.japantimes.co.jp/life/2009/10/11/general/the-long-road-to-identity/ [japantimes.co.jp].