Tencent has started testing a credit scoring feature for WeChat Pay in numerous cities around China, basing a user’s rating on spending behavior and personal connections, among others.

The system, dubbed WeChat Pay Points, our translation, has been rolled out in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen, The Paper reports (in Chinese). The company teased the new feature at its WeChat Open Class PRO event in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou earlier this week.

The social aspect of the app will be included when scoring users. When questioned by TechNode, a WeChat representative would not elaborate on how connections and friends on WeChat affect a user’s credit score.

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Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.