The Everything Score: China Bans You Next

grarpamp grarpamp at
Sat Mar 2 00:56:00 PST 2019

China blocked 23 million "discredited" travelers from buying plane or
train tickets last year as part of the country's controversial "social
credit" system aimed at improving the behavior of citizens. From a
report: According to the National Public Credit Information Centre's
2018 report, 17.5 million people were banned from buying flights and
5.5 million barred from purchasing high-speed train tickets because of
social credit offences. The report released last week said: "Once
discredited, limited everywhere." The social credit system aims to
incentivize "trustworthy" behavior through penalties as well as
rewards. According to a government document about the system dating
from 2014, the aim is to "allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere
under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single
step." Social credit offenses range from not paying individual taxes
or fines to spreading false information and taking drugs.

China is rolling out a high-tech plan to give all of its 1.4 billion
citizens a personal score, based on how they behave. But there are
consequences if a score gets too low, and for some that's cause for
concern. When Liu Hu recently tried to book a flight, he was told he
was banned from flying because he was on the list of untrustworthy
people. Liu is a journalist who was ordered by a court to apologize
for a series of tweets he wrote and was then told his apology was
insincere. "I can't buy property. My child can't go to a private
school," he said. "You feel you're being controlled by the list all
the time." And the list is now getting longer as every Chinese citizen
is being assigned a social credit score -- a fluctuating rating based
on a range of behaviors. It's believed that community service and
buying Chinese-made products can raise your score. Fraud, tax evasion
and smoking in non-smoking areas can drop it.

Your shit country and parts will ban *YOU* next.
Hope you like the off-switch you built and promoted.

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