China's Terrifying "Social Credit" System Has Already Blocked 11 Million From Taking Flights

China’s terrifying ‘social credit’ system, which is a rating assigned to each citizen based on government data regarding their economic and social status, has effectively blocked more than 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips at the end of April, according to a senior government official.

Government officials first announced the proposal for a social credit system in 2014 — where each Chinese citizen would be rated according to their online, social, financial, and legal behavior. Misdeeds, such as late credit card payments, criminal record, jaywalking, using fake IDs, refusal to sign up for required insurance, and failing to pay taxes, could result in a travel ban for an extended period. The penalty for misdeeds went into full effect in May.

China’s Social Scoring System

The government decides who gets these goods and services:

It is still unknown which misdeeds the government cracked down on to induce such a large number of travel bans within the country. Former deputy director of the development research center of the State Council, Hou Yunchun, is quoted by the Global Times as saying the system needs a few more tweaks so that “discredited people become bankrupt.”

“If we don’t increase the cost of being discredited, we are encouraging discredited people to keep at it,” Hou was quoted by Sina Finance at an annual credit development forum in Beijing on Saturday.

In addition to blocking the flights and trains, the Global Times noted that the names of 33,000 companies which violated laws had been shamed on a public list, said Meng Wei, spokeswoman for the National Development and Reform Commission, via news website chinanews.com. Those on the list could be denied loans, grants, and other forms of government assistance, Wei added.

“Hou’s phrase that the ‘discredited people become bankrupt’ makes the point, but is an oversimplification,” Zhi Zhenfeng, a legal expert at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times.

“How the person is restricted in terms of public services or business opportunities should be in accordance with how and to what extent he or she lost his credibility.”

“The punishment should match the deed.”

“Discredited people deserve legal consequences.”

“This is definitely a step in the right direction to building a society with credibility.”

Since the launch of the ‘social credit’ system, state media has reported that pilot tests have been successful. There is even chatter about a China-wide social credit system expected in the early 2020s. In the meantime, senior government officials plan for eight more pilot credit systems, including the continued testing of Sesame Credit, an Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial, that deducts credit points off people who default on court fines.

A screenshot from the Sesame Credit app, showing score 729 on a scale from 350

Many observers have likened China’s ‘social credit’ system to that shown in Netflix’s Black Mirror episode ‘Nosedive’ in which a world where people can rate each other from one to five stars for every interaction they have.

Comments

Keyser IridiumRebel Thu, 05/24/2018 - 23:05 Permalink

I live in a city that gets over 20,000,000 tourists a year and close to half of them are Chinese... If this "social credit" system keeps the bad Chinese tourists out, then I'm all for it... They shit and piss in the streets, steal anything not nailed down, disgrace religious sites and on and on and on... Hell, restaurants even post signs saying NO CHINESE... They are not from the same culture as the west, so any westerner perspective does not apply...

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bshirley1968 Arnold Fri, 05/25/2018 - 08:08 Permalink

Damn right! They use our credit score like this now in the US.
Anytime I have to do anything or have a conversation that includes an inquiry of my credit score, I quickly lose interest and move on. They can take their credit score and shove it up their ass.

People that worry about rankings established by totalitarian bastards only make things worse and Big Brother more powerful. I will NOT be graded like cattle. Keep your credit and your damn scores....I would rather live in a tent.

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uhland62 City_Of_Champyinz Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:16 Permalink

Not much communism left. Private schools, buying apartments and houses, no free health care, no guaranteed jobs, no more blue overalls, shops full of goods, where's the communism? Free bus rides? 

I wish they had forced my father to pay adequately for his offspring. In the States they don't get a new driving license - or has this method been updated? 

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Make_Mine_A_Double Keyser Thu, 05/24/2018 - 23:36 Permalink

I'm guessing you live in Bangkok. Once lovely now crawling with budget Chicoms - awful.

 

We just got the new and improved PRC import paperwork requirements and lo....

There is now a reporting element for the Company or person's .........Social Credit Number. So if your company or name is on the party watch list you are SOL. 

 

In a way this is what the digital future is going to look like in the wrong hands, but at least we can get a glimpse of it with dogbanging yellow bastards leading the way to Hell. 

 

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Indo_Expat uhland62 Fri, 05/25/2018 - 03:50 Permalink

In Indonesia dogs are as scarce as hen's teeth you fucking moron, it is actually a novelty to see one on the street and I see one running loose about every 6 months in Jakarta. They are quite valuable and any strays are immediately picked up and sold as pets at outrageous prices. Rabies is spread mostly by feral cats and even then outbreaks are rare.

Stupid inbred motherfuck, you probably couldn't find Indonesia on a map let alone have the slightest idea of life here.

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Indo_Expat bshirley1968 Fri, 05/25/2018 - 14:57 Permalink

I have your "dude" in my pants dyke, the stupid fuck was talking out of his ass about something he knows nothing of however I do know what you are a North Slope cunt and that says it all. Bet you were a regular at the Talkeetna Bachelor Auction, I feel for any motherfucker you got the highest bid on. Shut the fuck up and keep your nose where it belongs before it gets chopped the fuck off.

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VideoEng_NC Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

China will have a thriving middle class! - everyone (seemingly)

China will have a controlled middle class - me (knowing a "thriving" middle class is a direct threat to communism).

Four chan Thu, 05/24/2018 - 22:47 Permalink

ive seen a chink throw a live dog in a vat of boiling oil. they are a disgusting people and should stay in their 2 billion strong slave pen.

overbet roddy6667 Thu, 05/24/2018 - 23:38 Permalink

Ya Ive heard that and its a culture thing, but theyre not in China. 

I go to Thailand a lot. I've spent in total a couple years there. After 2 weeks or so I'm waiing people out of habit because I've adapted to the culture of my surroundings. It takes me a few days and a few awkward situations to break the habit once I'm back in the states. Picture a white guy waiing a Mexican woman clerk at the supermarket checkout in the US

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