China internet is most concerned about contents that are made available for its citizens, which they have demonstrated severally with many bans including the e-cigarette. This time, the country is targeting algorithms.
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The Cyberspace Administration of China has published new rules which will dictate how internet based companies use content, including a call for recommendation algorithms that promote “positive” ideas ”read: government policies” while excluding “bad” contents.
The algorithms will completely flag-down content that “endangers national security, leaks state secrets, subverts state power and undermines national unity.” In other words, internet companies can’t challenge the political stipulations.
China internet looks to start implementing the new rules on March 1st. It further called for a more tight management of accounts, sign-ups, moderation and “rumors” as well.
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China steps to control internet content for its citizen is quite different from other countries. For United States, a recent Senate bill was carved to eliminate bias in algorithms, but looks like China is advocating bias. It sees this automated code as a though-way for the party vision.
China is pretty much concerned that search engines could possibly suggest ”dangerous” contents that censors might otherwise catch, and it would rather not have it happen.