Users of Twitter-like services told to submit online identities as authorities move to control spread of 'harmful information.'

This article titled “China to expand real-name registration of microbloggers” was written by Tania Branigan in Beijing, for The Guardian on Wednesday 18th January 2012 10.36 UTC

China will expand real-name registration for microblog users, a senior propaganda official has said. Authorities have grown increasingly concerned about the speed with which information and allegations can spread on the Twitter-like services, which have more than 300m registered users in China.

Last month, the Beijing municipal government said users would have three months to register their real identities or face the consequences.

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