If you have ever wondered whether your neighbours pay their bills or whether a deadbeat debtor lurked on your street, China has developed an app to satisfy your curiosity. The "deadbeat map" app with WeChat, China's popular social media service, claims it can reveal all bad debtors residing within 500m of the phone. It was launched just before the lunar new year holiday, a time when people are supposed to have discharged their debts to begin the year with a clean slate. The point of the app is to name and shame people who have not paid up, according to its developer, the People's Court in Hebei province, which surrounds Beijing. "The app puts the debtors under the spotlight of their social circle, and it will help the court solve the problem of enforcement," the Hebei Daily, a local newspaper, quoted court spokesperson Zhang Xuan as saying. The court "wants to take advantage of pressure from society and from people who know the debtors". For now, the app works only for claims recogn...

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