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Jan 05, 2022 06:47 AM
BUSINESS

China Tightens Grip on Big Tech’s Use of Algorithms

The new regulations are part of a government campaign to rein in the internet sector’s mushrooming power.
The new regulations are part of a government campaign to rein in the internet sector’s mushrooming power.

Chinese regulators are taking away a cornerstone for the business models of internet giants including Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance — the use of algorithms to determine what users read, watch and purchase online.

Under new rules taking effect March 1, consumers will have the right to switch off algorithmic recommendations on apps and see or delete the keywords the algorithms use to target them.

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