Watch: Australian government plans Chinese-style ‘social credit’ system for social media users

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According to a local Adelaide media outlet, there is a push in the Australian parliament to pass a bill forcing Australians to register their identities to track their online activities. “The Australian federal government is planning to de-anonymize the internet to introduce a social credit system to combat “online abuse” — police will have access to individuals’ social media accounts, which will be linked to people’s passports,” chillingly states the original tweet. The “social credit” system referred to is something that is currently being rolled out all over the People’s Republic of China. It deducts points for people speaking out against their government, justified or not. It even penalizes users for things such as not keeping their phones charged properly. The video culled from Australia’s 9 News starts in with the announcer stating: “A radical plan to crack down on social media abuse is being considered by the federal government,” starts the video. […] “Essentially, it would work the same as a passport. Australians forced to submit 100 points of identification, like their drivers licence or passport, when using social media accounts like Facebook or Twitter.”

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