China to bar people with bad ‘social credit’ from planes, trains

Crux note: Earlier this week we shared a piece about China’s plan to “incentivize” good behavior by assigning each citizen a “social credit” score based on their social media habits, perceived patriotism… even their shopping history.

The article was popular, but it left many readers (and even the Crux team) shaking their heads in disbelief. The entire system of coerced behavior and uber-surveillance seemed like something out of Black Mirror.

Today, China has announced the first round of penalties for citizens with low “social credit” scores…

From Reuters:

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – China said it will begin applying its so-called social credit system to flights and trains and stop people who have committed misdeeds from taking such transport for up to a year.

People who would be put on the restricted lists included those found to have committed acts like spreading false information about terrorism and causing trouble on flights, as well as those

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