Beijing Citizens' Behavior To Be Rated By The End Of 2020

The ones with poor scores will be ‘unable to move’ a step.

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It has already been over a year since the Chinese Government announced its decision to implement a rating system for its citizens. Commonly referred to as the "Black Mirror Rating System" as a popular reference to a particularly scary episode of the British show, the official name given to it by Chinese authorities is "social credit system".

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This tool meant to put pressure on the citizens following the good old principle of the carrot and the stick will punish the weak-rated by restricting their access to state or companies' services such as public transportations, social housing or bank loans. On the other hand, citizens with the best grades will get the best opportunities.

According to Bloomberg, Beijing just released a statement confirming its 22 million inhabitants will be rated by the end of 2020, becoming the first city with such an ambitious plan, while a dozen of others are currently working on implementing the social credit system in the rest of the country. The capital city intends to pool data from several departments regarding the citizens’ actions and reputation, indicating the ones deemed untrustworthy will be "unable to move even a single step".

Wondering what it will be like? A British journalist recorded this announcement on a train from Beijing to Shanghai, breaking the internet and our spirit all at once:

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By Pierre Schneidermann, published on 23/11/2018