China’s New Internet-Censorship Rules Highlight Role of Algorithms

Government control over online content likely to tighten further following release of comprehensive regulations

BEIJING—China’s control over online content is likely to tighten further with a comprehensive set of rules that defines what is bad or illegal content, and what content is encouraged, and highlights the role that algorithms play in recommending content to users.

The new rules, released by the Cyberspace Administration of China on its website Friday, target producers of online content, including individuals and operators of apps and other platforms.

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