Angela Merkel: internet search engines are ‘distorting perception’

Editor’s Note: See, Do Search Engines (Google) “Harm Minority Owned Businesses”?

From: The Guardian

A lack of transparency about algorithms is endangering debate, German chancellor tells media conference

in Berlin

Angela Merkel has called on major internet platforms to divulge the secrets of their algorithms, arguing that their lack of transparency endangers debating culture.

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Speaking to a media conference in Munich, Merkel said: “I’m of the opinion that algorithms must be made more transparent, so that one can inform oneself as an interested citizen about questions like ‘what influences my behaviour on the internet and that of others?’.

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