Incident 457: Article-Writing AI by CNET Allegedly Committed Plagiarism

Description: CNET's use of generative AI to write articles allegedly ran into plagiarism issues, reproducing verbatim phrases from other published sources or making minor changes to existing texts such as altering capitalization, swapping out words for synonyms, and changing minor syntax.


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Alleged: unknown developed an AI system deployed by CNET, which harmed plagiarized entities and CNET readers.

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Khoa Lam


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