These are the things that can get you punished under China's creepy 'social credit' system - from fake news to jaywalking
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China is setting up a massive ranking system to monitor the behaviour of its 1.4 billion citizens and give them a score based on their "social credit."The ultimate goal is to hammer into citizens the idea that "keeping trust is glorious and breaking trust is disgraceful," the Chinese government has said. Good scores get rewarded, and bad ones punished.
The programme will be fully operational by 2020, but is being piloted for millions of people already.Business Insider has rounded up some of ways citizens can get on the wrong side of the authorities. Scroll down to see what they are.
Blocking the sidewalk.
This 2015 video shows an early version of how jaywalkers are treated in Mianyang, southwestern China.
You can also be punished for trying to ride the train without tickets.
Loitering at airport check-in desks, security screening areas, and boarding gates.
Refusing to serve in the Chinese army.
Spreading fake news, specifically about terrorist attacks or airplane security.
Taking up more space in airplane seats and luggage racks than you need.
Using phones and laptops on planes when you're not supposed to.
The social credit system has started punishing and rewarding millions of citizens already — and some of them claim their fear of getting low credit scores has made them "better" citizens already.
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