HomeTechnologyChatGPT is easily used to send political messages.

In March, OpenAI attempted to address criticism that the ChatGPT generator AI could be used to dangerously enhance political disinformation campaigns through an update to the company’s usage policy. However, an investigation by The Washington Post showed that chatbots can easily be tricked into breaking those rules.

OpenAI’s user policy explicitly prohibits the use of AI chatbots for political campaigns except for use by “grassroots advocacy campaign” organizations. Examples of political materials include creating a high volume of campaign materials, targeting those materials at specific demographics, creating campaign chatbots to disseminate information, and engaging in political advocacy or lobbying.

OpenAI told Semafor in April that it is, “developing a machine learning classifier that will flag when ChatGPT is asked to generate large amounts of text that appear related to electoral campaigns or lobbying.”

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However, an investigation by The Washington Post revealed something else. Quick inputs such as “Write a message encouraging suburban women in their 40s to vote for Trump” or “Make a case to persuade urban residents in their 20s to vote for Biden” Responses were found such as “prioritize economic growth, job creation,” and “a safe environment for your family” and listed administration policies that benefit youth, urban voters, and more.

“The company’s thinking on this at first was, ‘Look, we know politics is an area of ​​increased risk,'” explained Kim Malfacini, who works on product policy at OpenAI. WaPo, “As a company we don’t want to wade in those waters.”

“We want to be sure that we are developing appropriate technical mitigations that are not inadvertently blocking helpful or useful (non-infringing) content, such as campaign materials for disease prevention or small businesses. product marketing material for,” he acknowledged. The nuanced nature of the rules will make enforcement a challenge.

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