Controlling hearts and minds: China cracks down on content algorithms to make sure the Communist Party is still boss

The third part of a series on China’s antitrust crackdowns in the technology industry looks at the regulatory scrutiny on the algorithms that power recommendations in such applications as news aggregators, video sharing platforms and live-streaming apps.When Zhang Yiming first went about creating Jinri Toutiao in 2012, he had in mind a news service that relied on computer algorithms to recommend interesting and important articles to readers, not his own reporters or editors.Jinri Toutiao, which…

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