Incident 204: A Chinese Tech Worker at Zhihu Fired Allegedly via a Resignation Risk Prediction Algorithm

Description: The firing of an employee at Zhihu, a large Q&A platform in China, was allegedly caused by the use of a behavioral perception algorithm which claimed to predict a worker’s resignation risk using their online footprints, such as browsing history and internal communication.


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Alleged: Sangfor Technologies developed an AI system deployed by Zhihu, which harmed Zhihu employees and Chinese tech workers.

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