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China's Internet users breach half billion mark

Reuters
Jan 11, 2012 at 06:39pm IST

Shanghai: The number of Internet users in China have crossed the half billion mark, reaching 505 million users at the end of November last year, the China Internet Network Information Centre (CNNIC) reported.

The Internet penetration rate stood at 37.7 per cent, up 3.4 per cent over the end of 2010, CNNIC said in a report released late last month. This compares with Internet penetration rates of more than 70 per cent for China's more technologically advanced East Asian neighbours, Japan and South Korea.

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At the end of November, the number of microblog users exceeded 300 million, jumping from 195 million at the end of June, a CNNIC report released on Wednesday said, according to the official Xinhua News agency.

China's Internet users breach half billion mark

The number of Internet users in China reached 505 million users at the end of November last year.

In December, the Beijing city government said it would tighten control over popular microblogs that have vexed authorities with their rapid dissemination of news, giving users three months to register with their real names or face legal consequences.

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Sina Corp, the dominant force in China's microblogging, or Weibo, scene, is said to be contemplating the ways it can implement this rule in order to verify users' identities.

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