According to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) digital platform, Jing Daily: “The new regulation aims to give netizens power over what online preferences they see online.”
This will affect companies whose management model includes excessive reliance on predicting preferences, as there are such as Douyin, with 600 million users, or Taobao, with 800 million, completely dependent on algorithms that predict consumer preferences.
As of April 8, 2022, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) implemented the Qinglang Algorithm Comprehensive Management Regulations. The new regulation leaves behind the time when databases, enriched with the heritage of digital fingerprints, served to maintain control over society.
According to the logic of the Chinese Communist Party, the new regulation is designed to “safeguard” the rights of internet users, in the face of the “threat” of large technology companies with security problems.
The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said, “It will make on-site inspections of large-scale websites, platforms, and products with strong influence on public opinion and social mobilization. It will prohibit algorithmic recommendations service providers from generating and disseminating fake news, and urge algorithms to adhere to “mainstream values” and “spread positive energy” in order to create a clean and upright cyberspace.”
These regulations will affect e-commerce, online stores, and above all, short video applications and social networking platforms.
According to the Chinese regulator, the algorithm service providers are required to offer internet users tools to control the content that companies direct toward them. These electronic tools are contained in the Internet Information Service Algorithm Recommendation Management Regulations.
The CCP closes the authoritarian circle on society
From December 15, 2022, the cage to enclose internet content will definitely include space for citizens as well. Although the CCP presents itself as Robin Hood to its supporters, the regulations will increase control over content in social networks and e-commerce.
With content control, outsource companies such as Douyin, Little Red Book, and Taobao, will have serious problems in promoting e-commerce. The new practices proposed by the CCP include the use of algorithms used in information.
These new regulations that went into effect on March 1, will affect the state and private sectors, and citizens and institutions alike. Internet control will be implemented through Algorithm Recommendation Technology, which includes content generation, information synthesis, personalized delivery, filtered comments, classification, and retrieval of content dangerous to the regime.
Such is the CCP’s social control that Content Recommendation Technology will connect users to the web through algorithms, and that means that users’ personal information and comments will enter the regime’s surveillance platforms.
China’s Communist Party presents itself as Robin Hood
According to Li Xiaokui of China News, “Chinese people will now be more restricted in expressing their views on the internet. The Cyberspace Administration of China issued new regulations requiring content companies to review citizen comments before publishing them, and official account operators must also manage content.”
China’s state-run news agency Xinhua commented that “with the rapid development of new technologies and applications on the internet, society is facing new problems, especially in online commenting, and this needs to be reviewed and improved to adapt to social evolution and changes.”
CAC said, “The operation of public accounts should be awarded to the comment and publication management service provider, according to the user service.”
On November 16, the CCP issued new regulations stipulating that comments on news, or articles on domestic websites, must first be reviewed before being published.
How do the algorithms work to identify anti-CCP comments?
The algorithms can detect ant-CCP comments. For example, an internet user from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, referring to the “zero-COVID” policy, said, “My town has been isolated for more than 100 days. I am not allowed to say the four words of my name. If I say it, I will be arrested.”
He gave another example, “Bai from Urumqi, spread rumors that during the pandemic, all units would suspend work and production, and each citizen would enjoy a 50 yuan/day subsidy then he was arrested.”