China’s social credit system, which rates its 1.4 billion citizens based on their daily behaviour, it is supposed to help the country restore morality and match people with the state. A system that will assess individuals, enterprises and government agencies on credit in four areas – administrative affairs, commercial activities, social behaviour, and the judicial system.
“Authorities have blocked more than 20.47 million attempts to buy plane tickets and more than 5.71 million attempts to buy high-speed train tickets from these ‘discredited individuals’, according to the NDRC at a press conference last month. ” – dailymail.co.uk
Uncivilised behaviour such as failing to pay municipal parking fees, eating on the train, and frequently changing jobs with ‘malicious intent’ are considered offences that could seriously damage someones life.
According to People’s Daily, train passengers could face travel bans if they endanger railway safety, smoke on high-speed trains, sell on tickets, produce fake tickets, dodge tickets and occupy unassigned seats.
Air passengers could be banned from future flights for behaviours including spreading rumours about terror attacks, breaking into runways, assaulting the crew and causing disruption on flights.
This sure look a lot like George Orwell’s dystopian world of 1984 and we feel relief and glad that it is not happening back home. But is this reality so far away and distant to the western civilisation?
Some thinkers are arguing that Facebook, Twitter and Google is already enforcing this, dissimulated in something we know and call ‘political correctness’ or postmodernism. These platforms have the will and power to alter search results, limit the free speech and inconvenient politicians and influencers, impose a virtue signalling behaviour that will make even KGB blush in envy and are now more powerful than any corporation, state and government.
In July 2019, following the US Senate hearings over big tech silencing the conservative voices and the limitation of freedom of speech, we have shared the latest transcripts with Dr. Epstein, a liberal scientist, expert in the technology algorithms and search bias. His statements were quite mind-blowing.
He said that Google, Facebook and Twitter could manipulate as many as 15 million votes in an election and that “you can bet that all of these companies are going to go all out and the methods that they’re using are invisible, they’re subliminal, they are more powerful than almost any effects I’ve ever seen in the behavioural science is and I’ve been in the behavioural science for almost 40 years.”
The Irish Post is writing about this and offers a confirmation of bias and actively silencing different opinions, from the man himself. “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has admitted that his company deliberately banned pro-life adverts from running on the social media site during the abortions referendum in Ireland last year.
Zuckerberg was speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival when he said that Facebook had sought to prevent American groups from influencing the Irish public during the 2018 vote.
“In Ireland in the last year there was a referendum on abortion,” he said.
“During that election leading up to that referendum, a bunch of pro-life American groups advertised … to try and influence public opinion there.”
“We went to the Irish and asked folks there: ‘Well how do you want us to handle this? You have no laws on the books that are relevant for whether we should be allowing this kind of speech in your election, and really, this doesn’t feel like the kind of thing a private company should be making a decision on.’
“And their response at the time was: ‘We don’t currently have a law, so you need to make whatever decision you want to make’. “We ended up not allowing the ads.”