China’s Freedom-Crushing “Social Credit Score”

Is your privacy under threat? Has the age of privacy come to an end? Are you sick of Facebook's lack of respect for your privacy? If you think your privacy's threatened, be glad you don't live in China Chinese government wants to give every citizen a score based on behavior

Purchase history, political leanings, and social interactions would be used to calculate a person's trust score Facebook and Twitter are banned in China, so people use So the government spies on that round-the-clock The state also monitors the Chinese version of Amazon, called Alibaba Alibaba is by your side 24 hours a day, seven days a week Why should we care what the Communists do? We're not in China

Li Schoolland came to America 30 years ago Here's Li when she was 16 She survived the Great Leap Forward, the Great Famine, the Cultural Revolution Her parents were doctors so they and she were re-educated And this was to teach you not to be fancy? The repression is over

It's all better now Today in China, if you tell friends about certain books, your message will be blocked Even innocent sounding phrases are censored So I understand the titles of novels like Animal Farm, Brave New World, but Long Live the Emperor? Well he's President forever They can't even talk about this teddy bear

Winnie the Pooh? And now, another step more subtle than just banning things The state will monitor what you say in social media and assign you a social credit score That will tell them how trustworthy you are The government says this will allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven, while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step There's gonna be this new social credit score

Some American governments already do something similar The LAPD can scan tens of thousands of license plates Los Angeles police now practice predictive policing They pay a company called Palantir to analyze social media, trace people's ties to gang members, and predict the likelihood that someone may commit a crime After searching over a hundred million data points, Palantir displayed an impressive web of information on one burglary suspect

People like that They think it makes them safer I would like to know that there's a trust score so I can know who's trustworthy and who's not Sounds sort of appealing When government does gets involved, bad things can happen

What happens if you have a low score? If they really don't like what you say, they lock you up and torture you They didn't allow me to sleep I was kept in a small room and saw no daylight for half a year But that's China Why should we be afraid? Get out of my life! In America, every week on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, I challenge people in power

Trump does make things up I say these things and no one punishes me So far