Jan 25, 2019

China Starts “Debt Shaming”: New App Warns Users If They Are Walking Near Someone In Debt

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Whether the app reveals the debtors’ names or photos is unknown, nor does China Daily mention how much money is owed or to whom — but according to paper the app allows people to “whistle-blow on debtors capable of paying their debts.”

“It’s a part of our measures to enforce our rulings and create a socially credible environment,” said a spokesman for the Higher People’s Court of Hebei — which is behind the app.

The “map of deadbeat debtors” is yet the latest in China’s push towards a shame-based “social credit score” system which has already been deployed in several parts of the country. According to a November report, Beijing has an ambitious plan to control China’s citizens through a system of social scoring that punishes behavior it does not approve.

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