BEIJING - China had 19.87 million Internet bloggers at the beginning of
November -- a 24 percent increase over the past 12 months.
People surf the Internet in Beijing. China had 19.87 million
Internet bloggers at the beginning of November -- a 24 percent increase
over the past 12 months. [AFP]
While more than 15 percent update their blogs at least once a week, only 4.6
percent do it daily, Baidu found. Blogs devoted to medicine and education are
particularly popular, the Xinhua news agency said Wednesday, quoting a study by
search engine Baidu.
came some six weeks after state press reported that China intends to require its
millions of Internet bloggers to emerge from the shadows and register under
their real names in a move that is raising privacy concerns.
Under the system, bloggers would be allowed to continue using their online
pseudonyms, but must register with authorities under their real names, Xinhua
Xinhua quoted the head of the Internet Society of China, Huang Chengqing, as
saying that some bloggers used their anonymity to disseminate "irresponsible and
untrue" information, and called them a "bad influence".
Huang said there needed to be a balance between freedom and responsible Web
Huang gave no firm timetable for implementing the system, saying authorities
would listen to feedback from online users before deciding its final