Starting in May 2018, Chinese citizens who have a low rating in the experimental system of “social credit” can be deprived of the opportunity to buy tickets for airplanes and trains for a whole year. This is reported in the statements of the National Development and Reform Commission.
The restrictions are primarily aimed at people who spread “false information about terrorism”, caused “problems” on flights, used expired tickets or were caught while smoking in trains.
The Chinese system of “social rating” assesses citizens on the basis of such things as criminal behavior or financial fraud, but also takes into account what people buy, say and do. On the basis of this, the Chinese are given ratings that affect the capabilities of the inhabitants of the country. Those who received a low rating face restrictions and fines.
While the system works for 7 million people, but by 2020 the Chinese government plans to deploy it to the whole country. Human rights organizations believe that the “social rating” limits the freedom of citizens and is a very opaque way to regulate the rights of the Chinese.
In 2017, the Chinese government restricted the possibility of travel for people with a lot of debts, such as the founder of LeEco and Faraday Future Jia Yuethin.