It is believed to be, a man in China has been arrested for using the ChatGPT artificial intelligence platform to spread fake news. The man allegedly published a false article related to a train accident that left nine people dead. He posted the article on various accounts on Baidu Inc.’s blog-like platform Baijiahao, and it garnered over 15,000 views. The defendant confessed that he did it to make money through clickbait.
The man, surnamed Hong, was caught “exploiting modern technological methods to fabricate false information and proceeded to spread it on social media,” according to the public security bureau of Gansu province. Further investigations revealed that Hong had been using chatbot technology, which is not available in China but can be accessed through VPN networks, to edit viral news articles that he would later re-share.
During the investigation, Hong stated that she had learned from her WeChat friends how to make money through clickbait. However, since the article was seen by a large number of people, Hong is responsible for the “felony” of “stirring fights and stirring up trouble.” The crimes may lead him to serve at least five years in prison.
The incident highlights another misuse of generative artificial intelligence platforms like ChatGPT. Several tech leaders have warned against potential misuse of such platforms, and issues like job substitution, plagiarism, and cheating are already on the horizon.
It’s essential to be mindful of how we use technology responsibly. While AI platforms like ChatGPT offer many benefits for businesses and individuals worldwide when used ethically and responsibly; they can cause significant harm if misused.
Consequently, this arrest should serve as an important reminder for us all about our responsibility when publishing content online. It’s crucial always to verify sources before sharing anything online or face severe consequences like Mr.Hong did.