World weighs laws to rein in mighty algorithms

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From the YouTube videos we’re recommended to deciding who gets a job, algorithms wield an ever-growing influence over our lives — and policy-makers worldwide want to rein them in. While China is worried about delivery app algorithms that encourage their drivers to speed, US lawmakers are grappling with social media recommendation systems that have sent some users down dangerous rabbit-holes. “Algorithms can be useful, of course, but many people simply a ren’t aware of just how much their experience on these platforms is being manipulated,” John Thune, one of numerous US senators proposing new…

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