China issued new rules on instant messaging chat groups, tightening control over online discussions. Beijing has been ramping up measures to secure the internet, a process that has accelerated ahead of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party. Group chats on instant messaging apps and online commenting threads have seen a surge in popularity in China partly because they are private for members and so in theory are subject to less censorship. Internet chat service providers must now verify the identities of their users and keep a blog of group chats for no less than six months.
Posted on: September 8, 2017