In case it wasn’t bad enough that they’re complicit in helping China run their OWN police state, Big Tech has plans to take that model global. What could *possibly* go wrong?
It’s the kind of society that has Chinese students who study abroad refusing a classmate’s offer of a ride into school because they’re afraid that if their step tracker doesn’t record enough steps in a day, they will have their healthcare in China downgraded. Which, of course, also means they have a precise record of EVERYWHERE she goes, too.
The Chinese government, describes the social credit policy this way: “The ultimate goal is to “allow the trustworthy to roam everywhere under heaven while making it hard for the discredited to take a single step.” — FastCompany
What could Big Tech’s Social Credit policy entail?
Beijing maintains two nationwide lists, called the blacklist and the red list—the former consisting of people who have transgressed, and the latter people who have stayed out of trouble (a “red list” is the Communist version of a white list.) These lists are publicly searchable on a government website called China Credit.
The Chinese government also shares lists with technology platforms. So, for example, if someone criticizes the government on Weibo, their kids might be ineligible for acceptance to an elite school.
Public shaming is also part of China’s social credit system. Pictures of blacklisted people in one city were shown between videos on TikTok in a trial, and the addresses of blacklisted citizens were shown on a map on WeChat.
What could it mean in real terms here?
Depending on your behavior and their associated risks, your insurance rates could go up or down. If your social media photos show you working out at the gym, or, say, racing a train across an uncontrolled intersection, your insurance rates will shift accordingly.– “New York State Department of Financial Services announced earlier this year that life insurance companies can base premiums on what they find in your social media posts.” — FastCompany
We’ve already seen people ‘deplatformed’ here for promoting the ‘wrong’ political ideas, or being associated with the ‘wrong’ groups.
What happens if, say, social media giants decide their war on guns will cut off anyone who promotes the Second Amendment from access to the digital world? Or Pro-Life? Or if they take action based on the NYTimes lie that all Republicans are de-facto racists and arbitrarily blacklist anyone to the right of Michael Moore?
What else could ‘blacklisting’ impact?
Travel — AirBNB and Uber for instance.
And entry into bars and restaurants using ‘PatronScan’ apps.
Communication Apps — Whatsapp can blacklist you if too many users ‘block’ you. Which, in this era of Twitter mobs leaves users open to censorship through malicious targeting.
We have already seen banks pull back from giving loans to lawful business working in certain sectors, of Credit Card companies freezing out companies that the outrage mob cries out against. Even innocuous companies like LifeSite have faced the prospect of being frozen out of using servers that they had been using for the longest time because their political rivals brought political pressure against the servers.
In fact, the more our lives get integrated into the digital world, the more dangerous the authoritarian control Social Media can wield against the daily lives of ordinary people.
Because we’ve already seen their authoritarian streaks in action, we simply do not trust them to do the right thing.
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