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Recently, Many Chinese have been arguing online about a topic: Is real-name registration on the internet a good idea? Real-name means using one's actual name, and registration means a system. Internet real-name registration means using one's actual name online. Is the Chinese government planning to implement internet real-name registration? Why do they want to do it, and are the Chinese people ready for it? Today, let's discuss it together.
Recently, on China's social media platform Weibo, there has been news that soon, users with one million followers on their Weibo accounts will have to publicly disclose their real names and professions in their profiles. Gradually, users with half a million followers will also need to disclose their real names and professions. These users with a large following online are often called "internet celebrities" or "online influencers." They have significant influence on the internet. Why do these internet celebrities have to reveal their real names and professions? The news says it's because sometimes these internet celebrities spread rumors. Spreading rumors means sharing false information that can have a negative impact on others. Given their large influence, if they spread false information, the consequences can be even worse. So, implementing internet real-name registration is meant to prevent these internet celebrities from spreading rumors.
Upon seeing this news, many people were surprised, and a lot of them are against internet real-name registration. Some people say, "Government officials don't disclose their assets, but regular people have to disclose their real names and professions; it's ridiculous." Some ask, "Will we have any privacy left after internet real-name registration?" The CEO of Sina Weibo said, "Only internet celebrities need to disclose their real names and professions, up to those with half a million followers. Regular people don't need to worry." However, some argue, "This is like boiling a frog in warm water." Boiling a frog in warm water means putting a frog in warm water, and the frog doesn't worry at first. But as the water gradually gets hotter, the frog eventually dies. Some people say, "This is boiling a frog in warm water," meaning that although currently only some people are required to register with their real names, more and more people will be required to do so in the future, and it will be too late by then. Some also say, "If there is internet real-name registration, online violence will become easier."
There are also people who support internet real-name registration. They say, "This is a good thing. Right now, many people spread rumors to chase after trends. After internet real-name registration, they won't do it anymore." What does chasing after trends mean? If something suddenly becomes popular online, many people start paying attention to it. If some people follow this trend and post a lot of related content to gain people's attention, that's called chasing after trends. For example, today's MaoMi Chinese podcast is chasing after the trend of internet real-name registration. Chasing after trends is not necessarily a bad thing, but some people spread rumors to chase after trends, which is harmful. Because of this, some people believe that internet real-name registration is a good thing.
Are Chinese people ready for internet real-name registration? I believe they are not, and most people are strongly against it. Many say, "If I have to publicly disclose my real name and profession on Weibo, I will immediately delete my Weibo account and never use it again." Most people consider their privacy to be more important.
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