What Is China’s Social Credit System? | NowThis World


Chances are you might have heard about China’s new social credit system. You know…the thing people are calling a scary dystopian surveillance program right out of George Orwell’s book ‘1984.’ [NEWS CLIP] …it’s almost like they’re exporting dystopia. [NEWS CLIP] China’s dystopian future. The world’s first digital dictatorship. It’s been painted as a nationwide surveillance program that watches every single thing that you do, from what you’re posting online to the way you cross a street. But what would you say if I told you that a country-wide behavioral monitoring system is NOT actually a thing in China — well not yet at least. So China wants to set up a massive, state-sanctioned system that would rank every citizen based on their behavior. [Ohlberg] Basically it’s meant as a tool to enforce all kinds of different laws, regulations, and other policies more effectively by getting people to self-police their behavior and people and also legal entities like companies. So this is not just about regulating people’s behavior, but also companies. Behavior considered ‘good’ by the government would get a better ranking than behavior deemed ‘bad,’ which would get a lower ranking. And if you have a bad score, you get punished. You could be banned from flying. Your kids could be prevented from attending good schools. And you could even lose out on a good job. And when reports of the system hit
Western media, some people were terrified. They compared the proposed system
to that crazy episode of ‘Black Mirror.’ But the idea of a credit system that
tracks you in certain ways to determine how much or how little access you
should have to certain things isn’t new at all. Take the United States, for example. It has a financial credit system where a number of
different factors determine your credit score. If you don’t have a good score, you can
be denied housing, loans, or lines of credit. And although it has its problems,
it does serve a purpose. It helps determine whether someone
can trust that you can and will repay your debts. And in China, the world’s most populous country and second-largest economy, there hasn’t been anything like that. So their proposal? The social credit system. But China took the idea of credit a step further. On June 14, 2014, the Chinese government formally announced its plans to create their social credit system, a policy it deemed essential in ‘building a harmonious, Socialist society.’ [Ohlberg] The way that this is presented in Chinese media is that, you know, China is a low trust society. There is no trust between market participants. Like, you can’t really tell if a company or person’s trustworthy, if they’ll pay back the money. So this social credit system is kind of presented as a cure-all of China’s
trust-based and supposed dishonesty-based problems. And under their proposed system, all behavior, not just financial, would be considered relevant in your ranking. So if you’re caught doing things like jaywalking, spending too much time playing video games, or posting things deemed inappropriate on
social media, you could get penalized. But the exact methodology the state will use to determine what is and isn’t relevant remains unknown. And that is probably because the government is still figuring out how they want this system to be implemented country-wide. [Ohlberg] There are a number of
cities that have kind of been designated as experimental zones
in a way which is very common, and I know that’s often how Chinese
policies are rolled out: you try them out in certain districts, counties,
and cities first and then you roll them out. And the pilots vary. Some of them aren’t as extreme as others. There are those that aren’t even digital-based, meaning individuals have to be caught breaking a law or doing something deemed inappropriate in person or have someone report on them. And then there are those that monitor someone’s social media and movement through camera systems. And Ohlberg says, in some pilots, those who
‘exhibit desired behaviors’ get good grades and… [Ohlberg] …supposedly those people are also treated differently. If they have, like, an A or an AAA, they kind of get preferential treatment and interaction with government ministries with the local government. And in the future, an increasing number of different benefits. But just because it’s not currently as widespread and problematic as the Western media has made it out to be, doesn’t mean that there aren’t significant
ways the system could be misused. [Ohlberg] It’s on the one hand supposed to make sure that companies that violate environmental regulations or labor regulations get punished for that. But on the other hand it’s also supposed to enforce very vague laws such as endangering national security. Laws that, if used maliciously, can be used to target citizens. We know that China has targeted and detained large numbers of ethnic Uighur Muslims, placing them in government re-education camps. And even though the Western media
is sensationalizing the hell out of this story, it is possible that once a nationwide credit is implemented in China, it could be extremely problematic. [Ohlberg] Ultimately the idea that different governments or companies trying to collect and centralize information about us, try to profile us, [and] try to write us ultimately is a problem that’s going to affect all of us, Chinese or not. Because even though what
China is doing is kind of the extreme of this, it’s not— ultimately it’s a global problem that we are going to have to deal with.




Comments
  1. This is propaganda – a credit system is for credit here in the US. But if you don't help an old lady with her garbage or litter or whatever, it doesn't affect your credit. This video feels like an attempt to get people to not care.

  2. As someone living in a developing country, i kind of think that this could be very beneficial. People's behavior can be extremely inappropriate and violations of laws in traffic, littering, and many other small but important things is widespread.

  3. If you guys are going to villanize Russia with a whole sub-series but go soft on Chinese repression, you show truly deplorable favoritism towards repressive governments. I have now unsubscribed from you guys. I am enjoying Visual Politik more these days and China Uncensored than this video of yours. P.S shame on you Judah (the host) for downplaying China's repression. Don't ever say you are a voice of liberty and human rights ever again. You are discredited forever now!

  4. It’s amazing how Cowardly the Criminal Chinese Communist Party leaders are.
    But they do face the inevitable rise of the Chinese people who will overthrow their Slave Masters.

  5. BAN 5G!! “The technotronic era involves the gradual appearance of a more controlled society. Such a society would be dominated by an elite, unrestrained by traditional values. Soon it will be possible to assert almost continuous surveillance over every citizen and maintain up-to-date complete files containing even the most personal information about the citizen. These files will be subject to instantaneous retrieval by the authorities.”

    ~ Zbigniew Brzezinski’s book, Between Two Ages, 1970

  6. Yes Yes Keep Praying For America to go Away! Pray for the Country that brought the world the digital age and many many inventions and innovations to go way! You will all weep, when your hatred of America materializes and America fades away! You will weep when China starts becomes the worlds power! You will weep when your own countries politicians allow the Chinese to come and offer “Economic Aid” like the British did! You will weep when state backed Corporations start projects in your countries in the name of trade! You will weep when Chinas Version of the East India Trading Company come to your nation! You will weep when you are colonized! You will weep when they become you masters! You will weep! You will cry! It’s sad to see Pakistan and Sri Lanka die! Plunged into Chinese debt its colonization once more! Those who think that America is the worst country in the world or the most dangerous are ignorant fools. It’s the only country that’s stopping the world from plunging into the age of Slavery and Colonization! The menace is here the menace is now!

  7. this is happening now in America …….look at conservatives that are losing there bank accounts……because there spreading truth on the internet

  8. Oh please stop using video clips from Hong Kong to portrait China. The city is not (yet) under full jurisdiction of the Central Chinese Government and I suppose we are not going to adopt the social credit system any time soon. I know it is more difficult to find raw clips of actual mainland China but this right now is misleading.

  9. If it is correct that Google have been helping equip the Chinese Gov. with this system their CEO's and anyone connected with this should be jailed for treason. Their funds confiscated and offshore accounts seized to pay for a multitude of good causes.

  10. Social credit is actually a great idea, it encourages citizens to contribute properly to their society and be good people. I think a great addition to this system would be a mark that goes on either the back of your hand or your forehead, to make buying and selling easier i.e. you can't buy or sell without it.

  11. This system is put into place to take away freedom of speech religion press etc. whenever someone talks bad about the government their score drops.

  12. is there anyway we can extend this system to foreigners too? if foreigners are breaking the law, or just acting a fool. whats good for the goose should be good for the gander

  13. See guys? Socialism definitely works, at least its working strongly in China. Send this video to Jordan Peterson! 😌

  14. The makers of this video are trying to stay “neutral”.
    That’s what I call a sell out channel with no real principle or even the knowledge of natural laws promoting slavery as something that “could be good for you”
    A disgrace.

  15. Social Credit? What if the system is actualized as a Meritocracy? This could be hugely beneficial to humanity.

  16. Why would anyone compare credit scores to a government tracking credit system?!? One of them is just a collection of free market companies saying whether you can lend from them or not. The latter is a government system that literally uses this to attack you with stopping your freedoms. I don't trust the politicians, why would I trust their programs that are forced on me whether I like it or not?

  17. Well, all things CCP did is Social Credit? We Chinese don't agree with it. Western media always like to disseminate negative information about China. Yet many Chinese support our government from our heart not by brainwashing.

  18. I like it. it's a good way to change china and chinese peoples image because chinese tourists "misbehaving" overseas is a little embarrassing to say the least. Even picking up after your dogs counts too. as for those whosay lack of freedom, well yeah how is China supposed to keep track so cameras have to go up. than again, freedom was never top priority in china. if it works for China, it works for China. the west should stop spreading their "ideals" to people who don't want to listen. just because it works for you doesn't mean it works for me. you do you and I do me booboo.

  19. 我搜了一下社会信用体系相关的英文视频。发现外国人在这个问题上是纯粹的大傻逼。咱们中国人都觉得这个东西挺好的,被外国别有用心的媒体,出来大肆炒作之后。居然已经扭曲成这幅德行。懒得跟大傻逼解释任何事儿了。让他们自己继续傻逼下去吧。

  20. This is pretty disingenuous, there's a huge difference between a score used by private companies to determine loan trustworthyness and a government psuedo-crime score used to block people from using public services, thereby permanently eliminating job prospects and forcing friends and relatives to disassociate.

  21. The end game here is the Mark of Satan, and once the law is passed to have this RFID mandatorily implanted into your body, and if you reject it, they will kill you. Total control is coming in the satanic world dictatorship. The bible is true folks, seeks Jesus now before its too late.

    "This present window of opportunity, during which a truly peaceful and interdependent world order might be built, will not be open for too long – We are on the verge of a global transformation. All we need is the right major crisis and the nations will accept the New World Order." -David Rockefeller

    Revelations 13:15 …and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed. 16 And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark inside their right hand or inside their forehead, 17 and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name. 18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six six six.

    "…allowing none to enjoy natural, civil, or municipal rights, who will not worship that papal beast, that is, the image of the pagan beast. It is made a qualification for buying and selling the rights of nature, as well as for places of profit and trust, that they have the mark of the beast in their forehead and in their right hand, and that they have the name of the beast and the number of his name. It is probable that the mark, the name, and the number of the beast, may all signify the same thing—that they make an open profession of their subjection and obedience to the papacy, which is receiving the mark in their forehead, and that they oblige themselves to use all their interest, power, and endeavour, to promote the papal authority, which is receiving the mark in their right hands." -Puritan Matthew Henry, 1662-1714

  22. China persecutes Christians just as much if not more, way to only mention the Muslims extreme left NowThis.

    There is no question, this kinda of system is a travesty against humanity and China, in the way it is currently going, must be dismantled.

  23. It’s cos their society is morally deficient hence the need for this system. Its a sad state of affairs for this system to be implemented but maybe necessary evil.

  24. The 5G technology will be the driver of this. US government is trying to get it implemented ASAP. Be aware.

  25. This is the embodiment of SOCIAL JUSTICE. Think about how they currently function in terms of promoting and punishing social behaviour through social media, going after jobs, and platforming .

  26. She didn't do a very good job of explaining how this is going to affect me as an American. She said it would "affect all of us". I really don't see how. If I was advising the Chinese government I would tell them this is a really bad idea. The Hawthorne Affect is well known. Basically the Chinese population will act how the government wants them to when they know they are watching but undermine them and resent them when citizens think the coast is clear. The former Soviet Union had a big problem with this and they eventually collapsed. Take notes from history, people don't want to feel like they are being watched.

  27. Can you stop downplaying the dystopian idea of making everything as efficient as possible. The foreign Uyghur population is discriminated against and targeted by the surveillance system, causing them to no be able to apply for citizenship within china.

  28. I think this is crazy. Sure is to enslave both free and bond rich and poor and young and old.
    This is the definition to enslave the world just as the Bible predicted.

  29. Taiwan is not a part of China. In Taiwan, we live with the freedom of speech, demonstration and so on; the government won't and cannot use any method to control Taiwanese unreasonably like what China government does, which seriously violates the concept of human right.
    Besides, in a democracy syatem, we, Taiwanese, can decide who our president and representatives will be with the real right of voting. All of the facts prove that Taiwan is absolutely not a part of China. Please correct the mistake and don't mislead the people that are unclear about the relationship of Taiwan and China. We are totally two different countries.

  30. Being part of an ethnic/religious minority -100 points
    Adultery and watching adult content -95 points
    Checking out unapproved books by government(who needs higher thinking when the government can do all the thinking for you) -200
    Hong Kong style protests against the Chinese government -500

    Minimum point average to get a job 1000
    Minimum point average to accept kids to a good school 950
    Minimum point average to qualify for a house loan and start a business 975

    The sky is the limit.

  31. The Brazilian political and criminal party, PT, which inspires itself in the communist philosophy, have sent party leaders to China to study acquiring their technology for social credit. If this doesn't show everyone once and for all how they have criminal intent, I don't know what will.

  32. The reason China's social credit system is so gross is because of how invasive it is. It forces people to enforce laws that they had no say in drafting. I agree with the video tho. America's credit system is also gross

  33. The reason China's social credit system is so gross is because of how invasive it is. It forces people to enforce laws that they had no say in drafting. I agree with the video tho. America's credit system is also gross. But the difference is your credit score in America isn't gonna go down because you posted a meme against chairman Trump

    It's unethical to enforce laws at all imo because those people did not get any say in making those laws.

  34. I like how all the western media companies are concern-commenting on this as if they don't already live in a dystopia far beyond the wildest imaginations of any author.

  35. Youtube needs to remove these propoganda videos, you can dress up evil as if its okay al lday long, but most people, especially in the west aint falling for it. This is Stalinism reborn.

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