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China blocks millions from taking flights, high speed trains as punishment

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The system, which is a collection of blacklists identifying people who have committed various offences including in-flight misbehavior, people with large debts etc is used by the state to determine punishments such as denying high speed internet, public transportation services etc.

China blocks millions from taking flights, high speed trains as punishment
China’s social credit system has blocked people from taking more than 11 million flight and over 4 million high speed train trips till the end of April, reported Global Times.
The system, which is a collection of blacklists identifying people who have committed various offences including in-flight misbehavior, people with large debts, etc. is used by the state to determine punishments such as denying high speed internet, public transportation services, etc.
While the report does not provide the exact reason behind the denial of 11.14 million flights and 4.25 million high-speed train trips, a former official was quoted in the report who said that the system was needed in order to ensure that the discredited people become bankrupt, making it likely that the people targeted had committed economic offences or were debtors.
"If we don't increase the cost of being discredited, we are encouraging discredited people to keep at it…that destroys the whole standard," former deputy director of the development research center of the state council was quoted as saying in the report.
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