China to expand registration rules for microblog users

China will expand real-name registration for microblog users, the government’s propaganda and information arm said on Wednesday, in its latest step to better control China’s wildly popular Twitter-like websites.Officials acknowledge that microblogs are useful as an outlet for critical public opinion, but have repeatedly accused them of spreading what they call unfounded rumours and vulgarities. They have issued warnings that online content must be acceptable to the ruling Communist Party.

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