Incident 609: Flawed AI in Google Search Reportedly Misinforms about Geography

Description: Google's search AI erroneously claimed no African country begins with 'K', along with various other geography-and-letter-based questions, misguiding users with a flawed featured snippet. Originating from ChatGPT-written posts and inaccurately scraped by Google, this incident highlights issues in AI-generated content and misinformation in search results, compromising Google's reliability as an information source.


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Alleged: Google and ChatGPT developed an AI system deployed by Google, which harmed General public.

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Daniel Atherton
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