China is filled with many levels of intrigue, and with a population that dwarfs many other countries in the world, one couldn’t blame them for trying new methods to keep everyone accountable. Though perhaps as of recently, the regime may have gone a bit too far, and that’s saying a lot.
Back in 2014, the state decided to begin testing a “Social Credit” system, with plans to fully implement it as early as 2020. The premise is simple, depending on your social behaviors, your score can go up or down similar to a financial credit score. Where things start to get a little strange is the fact that your credit score can prevent you from enjoying things many of us take for granted and that a typical credit score wouldn’t typically effect.
For example, some people with low scores have been blocked from buying tickets to fly domestically, while others are barred from purchasing first-class tickets. For some who refuse to carry out military service; they’re unable to seek higher education for themselves and in many cases their children as well. This social infraction could also bar you from some of the best hotels. In instances where you have a high social score, you may not be required to put down a deposit for one of these hotels.
All in all, very little is known about how these social scores are calculated beyond under why circumstances one’s rating could be affected. Such as, by smoking in a non-smoking area. I’d say, this is one of the craziest things I’ve ever heard, and hope the idea is scrapped in the long-term for the sake of some who are just having a bad day or an unlucky one.