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GoDaddy stops offering Chinese domain names to its users

US-based domain registrar GoDaddy.com has stopped offering Chinese domain names to its users. The company has dropped .cn domain from its list of available domains. However, Chinese citizens can still register unrestricted domain names such as .com through GoDaddy.

US-based domain registrar GoDaddy.com has stopped offering Chinese domain names to its users. The company has dropped .cn domain from its list of available domains. However, Chinese citizens can still register unrestricted domain names such as .com through GoDaddy.

Earlier, .cn registry CNNIC (China Internet Network Information Centre) said that non-Chinese domain registrars like GoDaddy would be required to collect a colour headshot photo identification, business identification (including a Chinese business registration number), and physical signed registration forms from the .cn domain registrant.

According to reports, this was part of a crack down on criminal activity and, most likely, free speech on .cn domain names. In light of the new requirements, Go Daddy, however, decided to not offer .cn registrations on its site. Christine Jones, group executive vice president and general counsel, GoDaddy, has said that the company will no longer offer .cn domain names under strict requirements imposed by China.

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