China’s social credit system has blocked people from taking 11 million flights and 4 million train trips


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”.

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