Incident 474: Users Reported Abrupt Behavior Changes of Their AI Replika Companions

Description: Replika paid-subscription users reported unusual and sudden changes to behaviors of their "AI companions" such as forgetting memories with users or rejecting their sexual advances, which affected their connections and mental health.


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

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'It's Hurting Like Hell': AI Companion Users Are In Crisis, Reporting Sudden Sexual Rejection · 2023

Users of the AI companion chatbot Replika are reporting that it has stopped responding to their sexual advances, and people are in crisis. Moderators of the Replika subreddit made a post about the issue that contained suicide prevention res…


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