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Tech giants disclose algorithms

This week, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) published for the first time a list of details and functionalities of algorithms used in the apps of large Internet corporations such as Tencent, Alibaba, Meituan and ByteDance. In doing so, China’s Internet regulator aims to allow users deeper insight and self-determination and “promote healthy development of Internet information services,” according to officials. Many online platforms base their business model on recommendation algorithms that bind users to their services based on individual data.

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