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China is banning people with bad 'social credit' from using planes and trains

• By Annabel Fenwick Elliott

Acts that can earn you a place on the blacklist - barring you from trains and planes - include smoking on public transport and using expired tickets, as well as more sweeping and vaguely defined violations such as "spreading false information about terrorism".

According to Reuters, the new rules will come into effect on May 1, and it's all part of President Xi Jinping's plan to construct a social credit system based on the principle of "once untrustworthy, always restricted".

Two statements issued by the Chinese government on Friday confirmed that rule breakers can expect to face travel bans of up to a year.

Other offences that can damage a citizen's "social credit" include failure to pay fines and costs like social security insurance.

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