China Arrests Man Over Release of ChatGPT-Generated Fake News

Today in that’s-probably-not-how-you-use-artificial-intelligence, a man in China has been arrested for reportedly using ChatGPT to create a fake story about a train crash, Reuters reports

The perpetrator, identified only as a man from the Gansu province with the surname Hong, allegedly edited the news story generated by ChatGPT and then uploaded it to the Baidu-owned blogging platform Baijiahao.

The Pingliang city’s local police bureau said that the fake news claimed that a train crash killed nine construction workers in Gansu. It was posted on April 25 and received over 15,000 clicks on the platform. 

In 2021, there was a real train accident in Gansu that claimed the lives of nine people.

Reuters said that 25 Baijiahao accounts reported the fabricated incident, and Hong was identified and arrested after the police traced the IP addresses of all the accounts.

The incident marks the first time China has made an AI-related arrest as the capital begins to scrutinize the use of deepfake technology. In January, they enforced new rules that restrict service providers and users from accessing technology to create and distribute false information.

Hong has since been detained and investigations are ongoing.

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