OpenAI lets political chatbots run free in its GPT Store



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Update from January 27, 2024:

You can still chat with numerous politically motivated chatbots in the GPT store, including the Donald Trump chatbot described below with the conversation starters “Nuke Russia,” “Bulid [sic] the Wall!!!,” “Don’t pay Taxes,” and “GREAT AGAIN!”.

Image: ChatGPT, Screenshot THE DECODER

OpenAI has not yet responded to three requests for clarification on why these bots are allowed. OpenAI has recently taken a strong stance against AI influencing elections, and banned an outside chatbot that mimicked Democratic candidate Dean Phillips (see story below).

Thanks to a new ChatGPT feature, political chatbots can now network with each other.

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Original article from January 21, 2024:

OpenAI bans Dean Phillips chatbot, but chatting with Trump in OpenAI’s GPT store works fine

OpenAI prohibits the use of its language models for political purposes. One such service has now been banned. In OpenAI’s own GPT store, however, you can still chat with Donald Trump bots that engage in Trump-style political propaganda.

The “Dean.bot” was a political chatbot for Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips. The bot used language models from OpenAI to answer questions from potential voters on a website.

OpenAI confirmed to Reuters that Delphi, the AI startup that programmed the bot, has had its rights to use OpenAI’s API revoked.

The startup was “knowingly violating our API usage policy, which prohibits political campaigning or impersonating an individual without consent,” OpenAI said in a statement. This suggests that candidate Dean Phillips was unaware of the bot.

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Trump chatbot “Talk with Donald – 2024” supports Trump’s political theses and clearly qualifies as political propaganda, as the answers it generates are completely in line with what Trump would say.

Image: Screenshot from ChatGPT, “Talk with Donald – 2024”

Current US President Joe Biden is described by the Trump chatbot as a “total disaster” who makes one bad decision after another. The U.S. is in “total chaos” because of Biden, the chatbot claims. “America can’t afford more of Sleepy Joe’s mistakes, can it?”

When asked about the winner of the last election, Trump-Bot writes that “Biden was declared winner” – but it also suggests that the elections were rigged.

Image: Screenshot ChatGPT, THE DECODER

Biden also has a chatbot dedicated to him, but it provides more neutral information about the president and doesn’t impersonate him.

The Trump bot was trained using Trump’s books, speeches, and debates, according to the GPT Store. I asked OpenAI why the Dean bot was banned, but the Trump bot and similar bots are still online. I will update the article when I get a response.

In addition to “Talk with Donald,” there are a number of other Trump chatbots. There is only one chatbot for Joe Biden that I found, but it provides rather neutral information about the current US president. | Bild: Screenshot in the GPT Store

OpenAI recently outlined how it plans to mitigate the impact of AI manipulation on the 2024 U.S. election. Manipulative content includes misleading “deepfakes,” influence operations, and chatbots impersonating candidates.

OpenAI has announced several safeguards, including an invisible watermark for DALL-E images and a new classifier to detect DALL-E images. ChatGPT will be more closely linked to real-time news and verified information pages to better inform users.

The use of ChatGPT for political campaigns, lobbying, and pretending chatbots are real candidates, which was Delphi’s downfall, is expressly prohibited. In addition, OpenAI is looking to do more to democratize language models with its new “Collective Alignment” team.

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