"They will be divided.." Luke 12:53 ESV
We in the West like to think that we treat our citizens fairly with regard to civil rights, including their protests and opinions. Running counter to that ideal of fair and impartial treatment is a practice that U.S. Companies are now using to rate their customers, employee and services called "digital accounting".
For instance, Uber and Airbnb both use two-way evaluation systems that can permanently ban either the customer or the (driver or Host) from further business, without due investigation of the incidents. It is the companies deciding those matters which remain beyond the scope of the law in most states.
Further, insurance companies in New York State are now allowed by the Department of Financial Services to partially base insurance policy premiums or restrictions upon what the clients' post on their social media accounts. Again, there is little protection for this sort of privacy exploitation covered by statute in most states.
In general, all of these sorts of U.S "digital accounting" monitoring programs have one thing in common: any action that occurs is essentially outside of the legal system.
One opinion can easily, or even permanently change some one's employment, personal plans, happiness or their freedom to choose.
Some say it is a good thing and keeps down the number of bad players using or providing these services or supplying these needs, while others say it is a step in the right direction to reign in the un-accountability of opinions given on social media.
On the other hand, many who follow global trends do not want such monitoring to eventually develop into total "social credit" citizen surveillance programs like those of China.
Since 2014, the Chinese government has been electronically tracking the behavior of its people to determine compliance with all laws, regulations and policies. Through digital monitoring and feedback, the conduct of the people toward their government is assessed, evaluated and a social credit value is assigned to all individuals: "Digital Accountability".
Similar to U.S. Financial credit rating, if the "social credit"* rating is low (not in compliance with the approved citizen model), that person is automatically denied to travel by airplane, trains and other means and is restricted from other things by their government. It is working well to keep people accountable and in line with their government's expectations to them.
These "digital accounting" monitoring programs used now in the U.S. look enough like shadows of China's "social credit" program that many are concerned that when we become accustomed to them, we may will be willing to give up some of our freedoms (especially that of expression) to gain additional safety, security and entitlement in our lives.
As a Christian who keeps an eye on the times, what do you say?
* "Is China's 'social credit' surveillance system coming to America?" by Brandon Showalter, CP Wold - 08/28/2019