Chinese tech giants revealed details of their algorithms

Chinese tech giants revealed details of their algorithms

15. August 2022 0 By Horst Buchwald

Chinese tech giants revealed details of their algorithms

Hong Kong, Aug. 15, 2022

Tencent Holdings, ByteDance and other Chinese tech giants have shared details of their algorithms with China’s Internet regulator.

The Chinese Cyberspace Administration (CAC) has published a list of the 30 algorithms, including brief descriptions of their use and classification numbers. This comes amid a broader government crackdown on China’s technology sector after a period of largely unfettered growth.

The algorithms ingest data to deliver personalized content, recommendations, and tailored services to users. For example, Chinese food delivery company Meituan’s algorithm estimates delivery times and matches orders with drivers. Alibaba’s Taobao app uses a recommendation algorithm to suggest products and services, the CAC said.

Other companies on the list include Tencent’s WeChat, ByteDance’s Douyin, Baidu, Weibo and Kuaishou.

China began regulating content recommendation algorithms on March 1. Under the new rules, tech giants must allow users to opt out of the algorithms and disclose CAC algorithmic information.

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