…from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger
BEIJING (Reuters) – Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday, the top Internet regulator said.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed at “rectifying” online names, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said.
The reasons for their removal included accusations of being misleading, rumor mongering, links to terrorism, or involving violence, pornography and other violations*, the CAC said in a statement on its website late on Thursday.
Only 60,000 ? some may say. China had 618 million Internet users a year ago, so what is the problem? Firstly, this is just a start; and secondly, one does not have to close a majority of the newspapers to get the rest to follow the party line. A few will serve as an example. Kill the chicken – scare the monkey, (杀鸡儆猴) the Chinese call it. It worked in Nazi Germany, Stalin’s Russia and is working in Communist China, Putin’s Russia and soon will be working in Obama’s America. The control of the electronic alternative is much easier. China leads and America neuters:
Federal Communications Commission voted by a slim 3-2 margin Thursday to pass new “net neutrality” regulations that give the federal government unprecedented control over how the internet is managed.
Wheeler’s new regulations essentially turn internet service providers into public utilities the same way Obamacare turned health insurance companies into heavily regulated wards of the state. And just as Obamacare has expanded paper health coverage to millions of Americans, while making it much harder for most people to actually see a doctor, net neutrality will also bring uncertainty and stagnation to the internet in the name of providing equal access to all.
Abbott is set to follow, under a pretext of saving us from terrorism. Between the government-sponsored hackers and the goverments’ regulations everywhere, the internet will be soon know as neuternet. That’s what the ruling class, of whatever shade of red, wants. Don’t be misled by the colour of their ties. Any informed, thinking citizen is their enemy.
*/Is Fog of Chaos misleading? If not, it surely committed “other violations”.