As Beijing seeks greater control over its domestic internet industry, Chinese technology firms took an unusual step by disclosing the specifics of their treasured algorithms to the nation’s regulators.
One of China’s most powerful authorities, the Cyberspace Administration of China, on Friday published a list of 30 algorithms from firms like e-commerce giant Alibaba and gaming behemoth Tencent, along with a brief explanation of each one’s function.
It happens after China passed a legislation in March that controls how digital companies utilise recommendation algorithms. The regulations call for businesses to seek licences in order to offer news services and allow customers to opt out of recommendation algorithms.
The success of many Chinese tech companies can be attributed to algorithms. Using data about the user, they can be utilised to target people with products or movies.
Beijing, however, has tightened regulations on China’s technology sector over the past almost two years in areas like data protection and antitrust in an effort to restrain the influence of the nation’s titans that have developed, largely unchecked, over a few years.
The March law mandates that businesses submit information about their algorithms to the internet regulator.
In the public filing, there are little specifics. For instance, ByteDance’s algorithm for Douyin, the Chinese equivalent of TikTok, is used to suggest images, movies, goods, and services that may be of interest.