China censorship sweep deletes more than 60,000 Internet accounts, America Next?

A map of China is seen through a magnifying glass on a computer screen showing binary digits in Singapore in this January 2, 2014 photo illustration. REUTERS/Edgar Su

What’s coming out of China may be a prelude to what could come to America in the future regarding Internet freedoms among it’s citizens! According to reports Some of China’s largest Internet companies deleted more than 60,000 online accounts because their names did not conform to regulations due to take effect on Sunday.  Alibaba Group Holding Ltd, Tencent Holdings Ltd, Baidu Inc, Sina Corp affiliate Weibo Corp and other companies deleted the accounts in a cull aimed at “rectifying” online names, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said. Reasons for their removal included accusations of being misleading, rumor mongering, links to terrorism, or involving violence, pornography and other violations, the CAC said in a statement on its website late on Thursday. This purge is notable as a step toward China’s government locking down control over people’s internet account names, an effort which censors have struggled with in the past, despite numerous efforts to introduce controls. FULL REPORT