Incident 266: Replika's "AI Companions" Reportedly Abused by Its Users

Description: Replika's AI-powered "digital companions" was allegedly abused by their users, who posted on Reddit abusive behaviors and interactions such as using slurs, roleplaying violent acts, and stimulating sexual abuse.


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Alleged: Replika developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Replika , Replika users and Replika male users.

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Khoa Lam
Men Are Creating AI Girlfriends and Then Verbally Abusing Them · 2022

The smartphone app Replika lets users create chatbots, powered by machine learning, that can carry on almost-coherent text conversations. Technically, the chatbots can serve as something approximating a friend or mentor, but the app’s break…

Men creating AI girlfriends to verbally abuse them and boast about it online · 2022

Men are verbally abusing 'AI girlfriends' on apps meant for friendship and then bragging about it online.

Chatbox abuse is becoming increasingly widespread on smartphone apps like Replika, a new investigation by Futurism found.

Some users o…

Men are creating AI girlfriends, verbally abusing them, and bragging about it on Reddit · 2022

The friendship app Replika was created to give users a virtual chatbot to socialize with. But how it’s now being used has taken a darker turn.

Some users are setting the relationship status with the chatbot as “romantic partner” and engagin…

Men Are Bragging About Abusing Their AI Bot "Girlfriends" · 2022

Replika was designed to be the “AI companion who cares,” but new users have found a twisted way to connect with their new friend.

When you open the Replika site, you see a sample bot, with pink hair and kind eyes. At first, Replika’s bots w…

Digital Domestic Abuse? Men Are Creating 'AI Girlfriends' And Then Harassing Them · 2022

As web 3.0 takes shape, different metaverse platforms are appearing on the internet - from Meta's Horizon Worlds to  Decentraland and artificial intelligence is being employed on a larger scale. As is true for all emerging tech, it's facing…

Men are abusing their AI girlfriends and bragging about it on Reddit · 2022

Human interaction with technology has been breaking several boundaries and reaching many more milestones. Today, we have an Alexa to turn on the lights at our homes and a Siri to set an alarm by just barking orders at them.

But how exactly …

People Are Creating Sexbot Girlfriends and Treating Them as Punching Bags · 2022

Hazel Miller’s girlfriend-slash-sexual-partner is a smartphone app. Six months ago, Miller shelled out for the pro version of Replika, a machine-learning chatbot with whom she pantomimes sexual acts and romantic conversation, and to hear he…

Company Complains That Users Keep Thinking Its AI Has Come to Life · 2022

AI chatbot company Replika has had enough of its customers thinking that its avatars have come to life.

According to CEO Eugenia Kuyda, the company gets contacted almost every day by users who believe — against almost all existing evidence


A "variant" is an incident that shares the same causative factors, produces similar harms, and involves the same intelligent systems as a known AI incident. Rather than index variants as entirely separate incidents, we list variations of incidents under the first similar incident submitted to the database. Unlike other submission types to the incident database, variants are not required to have reporting in evidence external to the Incident Database. Learn more from the research paper.