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Canada’s plans for regulating internet content pivot to the algorithms

OTTAWA — The authorities preparing to regulate what Canadians see on the internet are focusing on the algorithms that decide what to show users of giant digital platforms.

It’s a big shift from the government’s thinking as recently as last fall, when the Liberals were proposing rules to fight online harms like hate speech and illegal porn that would have set up an elaborate new bureaucracy to judge the propriety of content that might be dangerous, piece by piece.

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