Feb 4, 2015 · 0 minutes

China will soon enforce a rule which requires its citizens to share their real name and identification number whenever they create a new account with a website.

Internet users will still be allowed to set their own usernames -- albeit with restrictions against using content the government deems inappropriate -- but they must also register their real names and identifying information with the services.

The government-run China News Service claims pseudonymous accounts have "polluted the Internet ecology, harmed the interests of the masses and seriously violated core socialist values," according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.

The updated rule follows an improvement to the Great Firewall -- the filters used to separate China from much of the Internet -- meant to prevent the country's citizens from using virtual private networks (VPNs) to bypass its restrictions.

It also comes after the Chinese government implemented a new policy requiring foreign companies to share their products' source code if they want to do business in the country -- a policy which could have dire implications far outside of China.

The new rule will start to be enforced on March 1.