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China tech giants accused of 'bullying' consumers with algorithms

Pushback grows against large platforms, calling for beefed up powers for regulators

A government-backed Chinese consumer group has accused the nation's tech giants of using their data-based algorithms to "bully" consumers and put them at a disadvantage.

At a symposium on the topic held by the China Consumers Association on Jan. 7, the group released a three-section, 14-point document outlining the ways data-driven algorithms impinge the rights of consumers in their interactions with large tech platforms, and calling for beefed-up powers for regulators.

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