World China's social credit system blocks people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train rides

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    China's social credit system has blocked people from taking 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips.

    The numbers, from the end of April, were included in a report by China's state-run outlet Global Times, but it is unclear what offences those targeted in the travel ban have committed.

    China's Social Credit System is actually a collection of blacklists, of which there are more than a dozen at the national level. Each list is based on similar offences - such as misbehavior on planes and trains, or failing to abide by a court judgment - and determines the punishments individuals face, from throttling internet speeds to blocking loans.

    While it's not made clear which list has had so many plane and train trips blocked, a former official, Hou Yunchun, is quoted as saying that the system needs to be improved so that "discredited people become bankrupt".

    The blacklist Hou is referring to most likely involves debtors and was created by the Supreme People's Court in an attempt to make people comply with verdicts and repay their debts.

    The court publishes the names and ID numbers of debtors on its website. They are banned from plane and high-speed train travel, and can't stay at four and five star hotels, send their children to expensive schools, book cheap hire cars, or make luxury purchases online.

    Read more here. (Business Insider)

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