The situation is changing now: digital platforms are not asking what the consumer needs; instead, they are shaping the consumer’s opinion. They are framing the users’ consciousness, and often this framing becomes manipulation, which is, in fact, dangerous. Of course, this problem should be controlled and regulated by the government — Petr Ivanov, Deputy Head, Federal Antimonopoly Service.
The platforms take on the right to make politically motivated decisions about the content they do not like. In doing so, they are guided not by national legislation or international rules, but by an opaque corporate policy. We saw that last year, when YouTube blocked Tsargrad, and earlier this year, a number of our media outlets, unfortunately, had problems of the same sort — Vadim Glushchenko, Director, Center for Global IT-Cooperation.
Another challenge we face is the control of recommendation algorithms. When it comes to marketplaces, recommendation is good. But what if a user reads an anti-vaccine post, and the algorithm feeds them more denial and conspiracy theories? — Anton Gorelkin, Member of the State Duma of the Committee of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on Information Policy, Information Technology and Communications.