60,000 accounts deleted from QQ, WeChat, Weibo and others ahead of new username regulations


Some of China’s most popular social media sites deleted more than 60,000 accounts in the last 24 hours because they did not conform to the strict new regulations due to be put in place on Sunday. Reuters reported that the country’s top social networks – QQ, Tencent’s WeChat and Sina Weibo - carried out the cleanup after China’s State Internet Information Office (SIIO) announced that new regulations will come into effect. The new rules ban the use of certain nicknames online, including parody accounts or accounts that are impersonating public figures or any username that appears to be fraudulent, violent…

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