Chinese-style social credit system being used in Silicon Valley

  • Tuesday 10, September 2019 09:02 AM
Sharjah 24 – Reuters: Private tech companies in Silicon Valley punishing and rewarding the behavior of their clients in a manner similar to China's social credit system, as detailed in a report by business magazine Fast Company.
Life insurance companies can now base premiums off of a person's social media posts to gauge if a client might indulge in risky activities such as adventurous climbing.

A company called PatronScan uses an ID scanner to help bars and restaurants handle customers and keep banned customers out.

Airbnb can ban customers for life for any reason it chooses. Uber has a similar policy in which passengers can get banned from using the service if their rating is "significantly below average."

Messaging apps like WhatsApp are also now banning users if they send spam or threatening messages to others. A user's account can be terminated if they have been blocked by too many other users.