China’s enormous communist party purge has already snared hundreds of thousands of officials and had huge social effects, like disrupting the unofficial system for getting rich people’s kids into the best schools. There have even been semi-regular stories of high level officials killing themselves before their crimes are inevitably uncovered. But a new app from the organization responsible for Xi’s crackdown, Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, is set to shift things into another gear altogether. Citizens are encouraged to use the app to take a picture of any officials they see showing signs of corruption, like living large and splurging on things they shouldn’t reasonably be able to afford without the benefits of graft. China Daily:
The new app allows whistle-blowers to upload 2 pictures, as well as a description of up to 500 characters. Furthermore, the system divides the corruption into 11 categories, including enjoying luxurious meals or using government vehicles for personal purposes.All reports can be submitted anonymously for the purpose of protecting the identity of the whistle-blowers.
With a holiday season coming up in China, a lot of Party members will likely be cancelling vacations in conspicuous places to avoid the populist ratting of the GestAppo.