Perhaps, before talking about this tech news as discovered from Softpedia, there should be my history that took place several years ago or even in the further past of mine.
Back then when I was a kid, there was a school lesson about sending and receiving email messages through Hotmail. The nickname name I came up with was more or less wasn’t 100% a nickname back then like it was an impersonation of a fictional character and that was bad. But sometime in the mid-2000s, I came up with a real nickname that lasted for long time until last year where I changed my nickname again as proven in the recent gameplay videos.
Another past history of mine was that there was another person in Facebook who had the same exact real name as mine that I changed my alias as that time to something different than the universal nickname. Again, it wasn’t a real nickname of mine but that still represented me at that time until I changed my Facebook alias again and made it as universal as other accounts I had like Twitter, YouTube, etc. Perhaps, I suspected that someone was impersonating me on Facebook that I made a change as a result.
Then, here came the past history from Facebook, where the users were forced to reveal real names but the policy wasn’t as strict as what I’m going to blog about. I made changes to my Facebook account with multiple aliases. The first being the real name, and the other is the current nickname in full.
In fact, I’ve been seeing tons of YouTube users attempting to impersonate various fictional characters including the real life persons or whatnot. A policy forcing users to reveal real names or nicknames shouldn’t be a problem for me nowadays as fooling people with impersonating names is a rare thing. But even with a policy like that, there is still an immature workaround for people, like introducing themselves with real names followed by something that doesn’t look anything like a real nickname for instance so the policy may still have a mixed opinion from critics. I don’t like this sort of impersonation but a simple report over it is one challenging thing.
Maybe there should be a policy when creating your own account saying that it’s a no-no to impersonate a person, group, organization, etc. whether it’s fictional or not. So this is why I have a mixed opinion about this news discovered from Softpedia.
Such policy as stated above is taking place for various services like WeiBo, WeChat, etc. Perhaps, it is time that I make adjustments to my Sina account if that’s the case but for foreign users like me although I had learnt local Chinese besides English, that may seem to be a confusing problem in the future and especially that I’m way too average at Chinese language due to using English way too much. I also have a WeiBo account but I rarely use it although the service is said to be related to the others like Sina Mail service or something.
The only criticism so far from critics is about banning the VPN. Companies may probably need it for remote corporate access outside of the company premises but to ban the VPN completely is probably due to the fact that many people bypass the geo-restriction. I don’t know which concern is strong, the bypassing part, or the companies’ need for corporate access through VPN? Furthemore, the Beijing government has order the telecom companies to ban the use of VPNs starting February next year for better control of the internet.