(OPINION) ETH – China’s government has just launched a new app that encourages citizens to report others for expressing “mistaken opinions” on the Internet. This terrifying new app will reportedly target anyone who criticizes the dictatorship’s ruling CCP, and attempts to dispute the official version of the country’s history or engages in “misinformation.”
This new app was recently unveiled by China’s Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), with authorities urging users to contribute an “active role” in helping to identify “malicious people distorting facts and confusing” others.
“For a while now, some people with ulterior motives…have spread historically nihilistic false statements online, maliciously distorting, slandering and denying Party, national and military history in an attempt to confuse people’s thinking,” the announcement said.
“We hope that most internet users will play an active role in supervising society…and enthusiastically report harmful information.” This comes as China has already activated a social credit score system that reportedly bans anyone from using transportation and engaging in other basic functions of society if they commit any minor infractions like jaywalking or buying too much junk food.
One terrifying aspect to this is the fact that social media in the West is already heading in this same direction being that it is routinely aided by journalists, people being socially ostracized, de-platformed, and left unemployed for expressing “mistaken opinions,” Even entire channels, videos and opinions are all quickly disappearing from social media platforms.