Late last year, we first wrote of China’s plans to trial a social rating system that is similar to the show Black Mirror, in the episode ‘Nose Dive’.
Called Zhima Credit, its citizens will be judged by a numeric scoring, based on how they interact with people.
This system, which was expected to go into full force only in 2020, is apparently kicking into effect a lot earlier than expected.
Marketplace reported that as soon as this May, people who have brought “serious dishonor” will not be able to fly on planes or board trains for a year. The system has also denied loans to low rating citizens.
According to the Telegraph, citizens will accumulate a score between 350 to 950. Carrying out activities such as donating blood and charity work will earn them a higher rating while doing something undesirable will earn them a low score.
Higher ranking citizens will have shorter waiting times at the hospital and cheaper transportation fee while those who have low scores will have slower internet speed and will not be able to dine in restaurants.
The movement is created in line with President Xi Jinping’s plan, to form a merit system based on principle “once untrustworthy, always restricted.”