China trials ‘Deadbeat Map’ app to monitor citizens’ debts as part of social credit score system

Authorities in China are trialling a new app which will enable users to check on the debt status of around them, as part of a developing social credit system aimed at monitoring the behaviour of the country’s 1.4 billion citizens.

Nicknamed the Deadbeat Map, the app, an add-on to the Chinese social media platform WeChat, was rolled out in a trial in Hebei province last week.