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China 'social credit': Beijing sets up huge system
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Controversially, the company does not hide that it judges the types of products shoppers buy online. More and more of Baihe's 90 million clients are displaying their credit scores in their dating profiles, doing away with the idea that a credit score is a private matter. A lengthy planning document from China's elite State Council explains that social credit will "forge a public opinion environment that trust-keeping is glorious", warning that the "new system will reward those who report acts of breach of trust". China's biggest matchmaking service, Baihe, has teamed up with Sesame to promote clients with good credit scores, giving them prominent spots on the company's website. Weekly full report [11]. Last 4 digits only [12].

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A long list of people in certain professions will face particular scrutiny, including teachers, accountants, journalists and medical doctors. The special list even includes veterinarians and tour guides. A national database will merge a wide variety of information on every citizen, assessing whether taxes and traffic tickets have been paid, whether academic degrees have been rightly earned and even, it seems, whether females have been instructed to take birth control.

Critics say the social credit system is "nightmarish" and "Orwellian". However, some believe that some kind of credit system is badly needed in China. But a credit system puts people's past history on the record. It'll build a better and fairer society," she promises. In a trendy neighbourhood in downtown Beijing, many were enthusiastic when asked about their Sesame Credit ratings, proudly displaying them on their mobile phones. Sesame has promoted the consumer benefits of a good credit score, from a prominent dating profile on the Baihe matchmaking site to VIP reservations with hotels and car rental companies.

A mobile phone game designed by Sesame Credit encourages users to guess whether they have higher or lower credit scores than their friends, encouraging everyone to openly share their ratings.

But few people seemed to understand that a bad score could hurt them in the future, preventing them from receiving a bank loan or signing a lease. And, even more concerning, many didn't know they were being rated by Sesame at all.

For now, the pilot credit system is voluntary, though it's difficult to circumvent. Online shopping is a part of life in modern Chinese cities and Alibaba's financial payment service is ubiquitous. Alibaba's data can provide certain kind of proof. Perhaps it is good for all citizens to learn quickly about the concept of a "social credit" score, while it is still partly voluntary. Within five years, the government's mandatory system will rank everyone within China's borders.

A man and a woman have died, power lines are cut and travel disrupted as Storm Ali hits the British Isles. Asia selected China selected India. Image caption China's biggest matchmaking service, Baihe, has teamed up with Sesame In most countries, the existence of a credit system isn't controversial. Media playback is unsupported on your device. More on this story. China employs two million microblog monitors state media say.

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