China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television issued a notice that requires anyone who posts a video online to use their real name and identity. The companies hosting the videos will be required to verify the identity of whoever uploads a video and can no longer hide the real identity of the uploader. This notice is supplemental to a July 2012 notice to deal with new issues that have emerged.
The notice stressed that the companies that host an online video must carry out the responsibility of video producer. These companies “can only forward [post] the drama, movies, and other micro-network audio-visual programs if the companies have verified the true identity of whoever posts the video and if the content is consistent with the content regulations. [The companies] cannot forward [post] similar programs made by anyone who does not use his true identity.”
The notice stated that online video programs not consistent with the relevant State regulations must be removed immediately.
Source: Xinhua, January 21, 2014