China’s ‘social credit system’ monitors citizen behavior and punishes them with travel bans, bans from four and five star hotels, preventing them from sending children to expensive schools, and throttling internet speeds.
This system is slated for expansion in two years. A former official says this is so “discredited people become bankrupt.”
New data suggests that China has used this social credit system to block its citizens from taking:
- 11.14 million airline flights
- 4.25 million high speed train trips
2.5 million of these flights were blocked just in the last six months. Many people banned from travel have failed to pay debts,
The court publishes the names and ID numbers of debtors on its website. They are banned from plane and high-speed train travel, and can’t stay at four and five star hotels, send their children to expensive schools, book cheap hire cars, or make luxury purchases online.
Some provinces play a recorded message when someone tries to call a blacklisted debtor, informing the caller that the person they want to speak to has outstanding debts. And in May, a short cartoon with the photographs of debtors’ faces began playing at movie theatres, on buses, and on public noticeboards with a voiceover that said, “Come, come, look at these [debtors]. It’s a person who borrows money and doesn’t pay it back”.
Currently there are several separate credit systems under trial including one called ‘Sesame Credit’ linked to the Alibaba Group which has a points system. Whether a transparent score will be used in a China-wide system once rolled out in the coming years is unclear.
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Presumably listing Tibet as a country will cost points. And so will opening opening a plane’s emergency exist and popping the slide (even if you’re just looking for the lavatory or need some air).