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China bans 23 million people from traveling for poor 'social credit' scores

02/25/2019| 9:13:04 AM|

China stopped 17.5 million people from buying airplane tickets and 5.5 million from hopping on a train in 2018.

China’s National Public Credit Information Center on Friday released a report that said it stopped 17.5 million people from buying airplane tickets and 5.5 million from hopping on a train in 2018 because they had low “social credit” scores. 

Another 290,000 people were stopped from getting a high-paying senior management job and 128 people couldn’t leave the country because they hadn’t yet paid taxes, according to the Associated Press, which obtained a copy of the report.

For now, social credit systems are still being tested across the country. A national social credit system that covers every single citizen has yet to roll out. But some China-watchers believe it’s only a matter of time until that happens.

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