How Does the Social Credit System Work?
According to an NPR report, every citizen starts off with a perfect score of 1,000. It is his/her duty to uphold or prevent any loss of this credit score.
Points rank specifically as follows: 1,000 down to 960 is graded A; 955 down to 850 is a B; 840 to 600, C; and scores below is rated D, which designates the person as “untrustworthy.”
Although the program is intended for nationwide implementation, there’s not one absolute way on how to enact the policy. It varies from place to place and local/regional government units can chime in their own set of mechanics tailored fit for their community.
For example, in the city of Hangzhou, the capital of China’s Zhejiang province, the council gives credit scores to pro-social activities like donating blood and doing voluntary community work.
In Yiwu, one of China’s densely populated trading centers, the ruling bodies recognize humanitarian acts such as giving care and support for the elderly.
Other things that could help improve one’s social score include paying bills on time, patronizing Chinese-made products, establishing connections with other high credit scorers, making donations to charities, and more others.
Common infractions such as bad driving, jaywalking, not paying debts, refusing to carry out compulsory military service in schools, spending too much time on video games, and even proliferating fake news on social media, etc. can lower a person’s credit score.