China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains

Feb 21, 2019 by

Annual report shows the businesses and individuals added to trustworthiness blacklist as use of the government system accelerates

System aims to pressure citizens to avoid bad behaviour, although human rights advocates argue it does not take into account individual circumstances

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Millions of Chinese individuals and businesses have been labelled as untrustworthy on an official blacklist banning them from any number of activities, including accessing financial markets or travelling by air or train, as the use of the government’s social credit system accelerates.

The annual blacklist is part of a broader effort to boost “trustworthiness” in Chinese society and is an extension of China’s social credit system, which is expected to give each of its 1.4 billion citizens a personal score.

The social credit system assigns both positive and negative scores for individual or corporate behaviour in an attempt to pressure citizens into behaving.

Human rights advocates, though, worry that the arbitrary system does not take into account individual circumstances and so often unfairly labels individuals and firms as untrustworthy.

Source: China’s social credit system shows its teeth, banning millions from taking flights, trains | South China Morning Post

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