Chinese Government Rates its Citizens’ Obedience Levels with “Sesame Credit”

Sesame Credit is a score like an American credit score, except it doesn’t track whether you pay your bills on time it tracks what you do and buy online through websites like Alibaba.

Sesame Credit rates Chinese citizens through a “complex algorithm” that takes into account their online support of the Chinese government. It’s administered by Alibaba, the country’s primary online shopping site, and gaming giant Tencent. Citizens receive boosts to their scores by posting pro-government news on their social media and by buying Chinese goods. They harm their scores by buying goods from rival Japan and by posting information and articles from non-state sponsored sources.

This strange and frightening system is explained in this video from Extra Credits:

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