BEIJING, Jan. 3 (Xinhua) -- A policy that requires users to use their real names when registering for Internet access has triggered heated discussion, with some for and some against it.
On Dec. 28, China's top legislature passed rules on protecting online information, with a provision requiring Internet users to use their real names to identify themselves to service providers, including Internet or telecommunications operators.
While some netizens say because of this policy, they will be cautious in airing views, others say such worry is unnecessary.
"Zhang Lifan," a netizens on popular Internet portal Sina.com, wrote that the regulation will affect online communication and reduce netizens' desire to participate in political discussions.
Yin Yungong, director of the Institute of Journalism and Communication at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said the policy will help to dispel malicious rumors at their source.
"The policy will ensure online information spreads in an orderly and safe way," said Yin.
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