The northern Chinese province of Hebei is looking to technology to warn citizens of nearby debtors and shame the defaulters on social media. The move comes as the country confronts a burgeoning debt burden among small businesses and individuals.

Higher People’s Court of Hebei launched a mini-program dubbed a map of deadbeat debtors in Tencents messaging app WeChat earlier this month, according to a report in state-owned China Daily.

The app-like mini-program enables users to identify someone who is in debt around them within a 500-meter radius, including individual debtors, legal representatives, and other business organizations.

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Jill Shen is Shanghai-based technology reporter. She covers Chinese mobility, autonomous vehicles, and electric cars. Connect with her via e-mail: jill.shen@technode.com or Twitter: @yushan_shen