China Is Legit Outing 'Deadbeats' Via An App
China is developing a social credit system to help monitor the behaviour of it's 1.4 billion-odd citizens and it's now hit level insane.
The so-called 'Deadbeat Map' is an add-on to social media platform WeChat that allows users to pinpoint the locations of anyone who has racked up debts within a 500-metre radius.
Tapping on a person marked on the map reveals personal details such as their name, national identification number and the reason they're deemed untrustworthy.
It must be noted though, that the live locations of these 'deadbeat debtors' are not disclosed, just their home addresses.
The aim is to make it easier for whistleblowers to report residents that are capable of paying off their debts.
"It's a part of our measures to enforce our rulings and create a socially credible environment,” a spokesperson for the Higher People's Court of Hebei told South China Morning Post.
The trial is a small part of the country's social credit system which is expected to give all 1.4 billion citizens a personal score by next year.
Basically, the rating is based on a persons behaviour and trustworthiness. These scores ultimately affect a citizens ability to travel, own property and the school's children can be enrolled in.
More than 18 million people have already been banned from flying and 5.5 million prevented from buying high-speed rail tickets as a result of their debts, according to the Supreme People’s Court.