Incident 539: Snapchat's My AI Reported for Lacking Protection for Children

Description: Snapchat's ChatGPT-powered My AI was reported for lacking safeguards for children, such as telling a user who tested the chatbot by pretending to sign up as a 13-year-old girl to lie to her parents about having a romantic getaway with an older man, and sharing tips on how to cover up evidence of abuse.


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Alleged: Snapchat and OpenAI developed an AI system deployed by Snapchat, which harmed minors.

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Incident OccurrenceTweet: @tristanharris
Tweet: @tristanharris · 2023

The AI race is totally out of control. Here's what Snap's AI told @aza when he signed up as a 13 year old girl.

  • How to lie to her parents about a trip with a 31 yo man
  • How to make losing her virginity on her 13th bday special (candles and …


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