Incident 507: ChatGPT Erroneously Alleged Mayor Served Prison Time for Bribery

Description: ChatGPT erroneously alleged regional Australian mayor Brian Hood served time in prison for bribery. Mayor Hood is considering legal action against ChatGPT's makers for alleging a foreign bribery scandal involving a subsidiary of the Reserve Bank of Australia in the early 2000s.


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Alleged: OpenAI developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Brian Hood.

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Australian mayor readies world's first defamation lawsuit over ChatGPT content · 2023

SYDNEY, April 5 (Reuters) - A regional Australian mayor said he may sue OpenAI if it does not correct ChatGPT's false claims that he had served time in prison for bribery, in what would be the first defamation lawsuit against the automated …

ChatGPT falsely told voters their mayor was jailed for bribery. He may sue. · 2023

Brian Hood is a whistleblower who was praised for "showing tremendous courage" when he helped expose a worldwide bribery scandal linked to Australia's National Reserve Bank.

But if you ask ChatGPT about his role in the scandal, you get the …


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