Millions of Chinese people have been banned from travelling on planes and trains as the government expands its social credit programme that ranks people’s trustworthiness.
In 2018, more than 17 million people with low scores were barred from buying flight tickets, and another five million were banned from using high-speed trains.
Nearly four million Chinese companies have been blacklisted from a number of activities, including bidding on projects, taking part in land auctions and issuing corporate bonds.
Human rights activists have raised concerns over China’s bid to assign a personal score to each of its 1.4 billion citizens, in order to encourage good behaviour.
Dan Wang, a China analyst for the Economist Intelligence Unit, talks to Al Jazeera about the controversial move.
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