The Chinese social scoring system has a new twist: if you have a low social credit score, then you are deemed by the government as untrustworthy. Untrustworthy individuals with low social credit scores are journalists who write unfavorable things about the government, or they are people who do not pay their bills. Christians also have low social credit scores and are deemed to be untrustworthy by the government.
Individuals who have a low social credit score are now publicly shamed. It has been reported that individuals with low social credit scores are appearing on IMAX movie screens before the beginning of the movie.
When the Marvel movie ‘The Avengers: Endgame’ was released in China, several individuals with low social credit scores appeared on the screen. This is becoming so common that it is called the “reel of shame.”
They are also appearing on large building screens.
Everything in China is reminding people of their social credit scores – when they go to the bank, get on a train, travel on a bus, go to the ATM or go to a large shopping center.
In addition to that, China’s Communist Youth League came out with a music video that can be found on YouTube. The video is packed full of fresh young faces and popular pop artists that are extremely famous in China.
Throughout the video, individuals can be seen holding up the white sign –诚信– several times and posting it on the wall. 诚信 means “integrity”, or in this case – creditworthiness.
Many of the pastors that BTJ works with have thrown away their phones entirely. They refuse to participate in the system. Life is growing increasingly difficult for them and for anyone else that no longer has a mobile phone.