Millions of Chinese nationals have been blocked from booking flights or trains as Beijing seeks to implement its controversial ‘social credit’ system – which allows the government to closely monitor and judge each of its 1.3 billion citizens based on their behaviour and activity.
The system – to be rolled out by 2020 – aims to make it ‘difficult to move’ for those deemed ‘untrustworthy’ – according to a detailed plan published by the government this week.
It will be used to reward or punish people and organisations for ‘trustworthiness’ across a range of measures.
A key part of the plan not only involves blacklisting people with low social credibility scores but also ‘publicly disclosing the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis’.
The plan stated: ‘We will improve the credit blacklist system – publicly disclose the records of enterprises and individuals’ untrustworthiness on a regular basis and form a pattern of distrust and punishment’.
For those deemed untrustworthy ‘everywhere is limited and it is difficult to move – so that those who violate the law and lose the trust will pay a heavy price’.
The credit system is already being rolled out in some areas and in recent months the Chinese state has blocked millions of people from booking flights and high-speed trains.