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The Chinese government will oblige tech companies to keep a record of the identities of people posting comments online, in an extension of this summer's crackdown on internet speech. Under the new regulations announced on Friday, all message board providers must authenticate users' identities from October 1 .Although the cyber space regulators have previously asked internet service providers to authenticate users' identities, this has not been implemented – Weibo, for example, the world's biggest microblogging platform, authenticates only VIP users. But the new regulations are being implemented under the aegis of China's first cyber security law, which came into force in June and gives regulators the power to punish tech companies that disobey.
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