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China to Restrict Instant Messaging Tools

China will force users of instant messaging tools to register their real names and will require those who want to publish or reprint political news on public accounts to seek prior approval, state media said on Thursday. Last year, China launched a campaign to clamp down on online rumor mongering and “clean up” the Internet. The crackdown has led to an exodus of users from Twitter-like microblog platforms such as Weibo Corp.'s Weibo after authorities detained hundreds of outspoken...

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