If China really does have coronavirus under control, the dictators will claim their creepy “social credit score” system helped.
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China spies on every citizen, learning everyone’s political leanings, shopping history and social interactions. They use that to give everyone a trust score.
Your score drops if you criticize the government, or do things like play lot of video games,
watch pornography or have friends with low social credit scores. China punishes people who behave “badly” by doing things like slowing their internet speed, or banning them from trains.
A faceless bureaucrat, or sometimes a computer, decides if a person is guilty.
“It is a big deal,” says Li Schoolland, a Chinese-American libertarian activist.
“First [you lose] your job, or you never get promoted… and your children cannot get to good schools,” Schoolland told Stossel.
China’s government boasts about its social credit system, saying it is designed to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.”
See the video above for more on how their system works.