Incident 514: Turnitin's ChatGPT-Detection Tool Falsely Flagged Student Essays as AI-Generated

Description: Turnitin's tool to detect writing generated by ChatGPT was reported for incorrectly flagging high school students' original essays as AI-generated, accusations of which are argued as reinforcement of bias from teachers due to the inability to compare against source documents.


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Alleged: Turnitin developed and deployed an AI system, which harmed Lucy Goetz and high school students.

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Khoa Lam
We tested a new ChatGPT-detector for teachers. It flagged an innocent student. · 2023

High school senior Lucy Goetz got the highest possible grade on an original essay she wrote about socialism. So imagine her surprise when I told her that a new kind of educational software I’ve been testing claimed she got help from artific…


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