Nanny instincts from the government to register the real names of weibo users did not work, just like previous efforts for user registration. "It is an authoritarian system not being that authoritarian at all." Revenue for companies seems to be more important than real control, Goldkorn says, explaining why shutting down popular internet services is not high on the agenda.
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