Eerie train announcement gives insight into China's "Social Credit System"

Eerie train announcement gives insight into China's "Social Credit System"

China is currently testing a national social credit system in which citizens are classified according to all aspects of their behavior.

And a recent trend video shows what life looks like in Beijing's controversial plan.

The clip, shot on a Chinese high-speed train, shows an announcement that warns passengers not to travel without a ticket or to behave disorderly. Otherwise, the offender's behavior is recorded in the "individual credit information system".

A clip filmed by a London journalist shows a train announcement in China asking passengers to behave properly so they will not be punished by the social credit system

A clip filmed by a London journalist shows a train announcement in China asking passengers to behave properly so they will not be punished by the social credit system

A clip filmed by a London journalist shows a train announcement in China asking passengers to behave properly so they will not be punished by the social credit system

James O & M Malley, a freelance journalist, took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai

James O & M Malley, a freelance journalist, took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai

James O'Malley, a freelance journalist, took a high-speed train from Beijing to Shanghai

"To avoid a negative proof of personal credit, please follow the relevant regulations and help with the orders in the train and at the station," reads a female voice in the announcement.

The 30-second clip was filmed on a train from Beijing to Shanghai on a trip to China last Thursday by James O'Malley, a London journalist.

He posted the video on his Twitter account yesterday with words that read, "Here is a dystopian vision of the future."

Mr. O & M Malley, 31, said he was amused when he heard the announcement.

He told MailOnline, "I've heard about the social credit system but did not know it was still working."

He added, "I thought it was an interesting reminder that although the rich parts of China are now very much like the West, there is a whole other system behind the amazing developments that are taking place there. "

China's social credit system orders citizens in every aspect of their behavior, from their actions on the train to their financial records. The result also affects every aspect of your life

China's social credit system orders citizens in all aspects of their behavior, from their actions on the train to their financial records. The result also affects every aspect of your life

In China's social credit system, citizens are classified in all aspects of their behavior, from their actions on the train to their financial records. The result also affects every aspect of your life

China plans to complete building the national social credit system by 2020 after starting in 2014.

The social system gives citizens ratings based on their daily behavior. This can range from bank credit to social media activities.

After construction, the national system could determine how easy it is for a citizen to rent an apartment, buy travel tickets or pay for a cup of tea.

It is currently being rolled out to 12 pilot cities, including populous provincial capitals such as Hangzhou, Nanjing, Chengdu and Suzhou.

This is made possible by China's ever expanding surveillance network, which currently has over 200 million AI-powered cameras. The number of security cameras will triple within two years when the system is built.

Critics have voiced concerns about the system, claiming it is a way for the government to invade citizens' privacy and restrict their freedom.

China will have over 600 million AI cameras (file photo) until the system is built

China will have over 600 million AI cameras (file photo) until the system is built

China will have over 600 million AI cameras (file photo) until the system is built

So far, more than 11 million people in China have been prevented from taking the train or plane because they have been deemed untrustworthy by the system.

By the end of April, a total of 11.14 million Chinese were blacklisted from buying airline tickets, and 4.25 million were excluded from buying high-speed tickets. Instead, they would have to opt for the slow trains.

The figures were released in May by the National Development and Reform Commission of China as part of a briefing on the development of the country's social credit system.

In China, over four million people were banned from using high-speed trains (photo photo)

In China, over four million people were banned from using high-speed trains (photo photo)

In China, over four million people were banned from using high-speed trains (photo photo)

Meng Wei, spokesman for the commission, said the reward and punishment of the social credit system is gradually increasing.

While punishment was given examples, the reward was not given.

Mr O'Malley's video was taken after a number of passengers were recently named and embarrassed by the Chinese media for acting inappropriately on the train.

In August, a man was caught at the seat of another passenger on a train from Jinan to Beijing. The man, who was said to be a graduate student, refused to return the woman's seat and told the conductor that he "could not get up."

The man was later blacklisted by China's Public Credibility Information Center, the social credit organization. He was forbidden to take all classes of carriages.

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