Incident 566: Gannett Halts AI-Generated High School Sports Articles After Series of Errors and Public Backlash

Description: Gannett, a newspaper chain, temporarily halted its AI experiment that used a tool called LedeAI to generate high school sports articles. The decision came after several articles produced by the AI showed glaring errors, repetitive language, and awkward phrasing, drawing criticism and mockery on social media.


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Alleged: LedeAI developed an AI system deployed by Gannett, which harmed Gannett , General public , Student athletes and Newspapers relying on Gannett.

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Gannett to pause AI experiment after botched high school sports articles · 2023

Newspaper chain Gannett has paused the use of an artificial intelligence tool to write high school sports dispatches after the technology made several major flubs in articles in at least one of its papers.

Several high school sports reports…


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