FTC Investigating ChatGPT for Saying Harmful Things About People

FTC Probe The Federal Trade Commission has started an extensive investigation into ChatGPT maker OpenAI to figure out whether it has violated consumer protection laws by undermining its users’ reputations. The regulator fired off a 20-page demand, The Washington Post reports, requiring OpenAI to provide detailed descriptions of each time somebody had filed a complaint over its products making “false, misleading, disparaging or harmful” statements about users. The language model’s well-documented habit of spouting off falsehoods, the FTC alleges, may have unfairly caused “reputational harm” to consumers, thereby running afoul of consumer protection laws. It’s a notable escalation, representing one of the biggest regulatory challenges to the Sam Altman-led company to date — and one that has watchdogs on alert. “Every person deserves to know their information is safe and that AI products won’t harm or mislead them,” tweeted digital advocacy group the Center for AI and Digital Policy. Next Frontier Meanwhile, lawmakers are racing to come up with meaningful rules surrounding the use of AI-powered tools like ChatGPT. The FTC had already issued several warnings, with Charlotte Burrows, the chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission calling the rapid rise of AI tech a “new civil rights frontier” earlier this year. Notably, the FTC is also asking OpenAI to provide any records related to a bug — which it acknowledged back in March — that allowed some users to see payment-related information, the WaPo reports. The FTC clearly has a watchful eye on the burgeoning AI industry, sending plenty of…FTC Investigating ChatGPT for Saying Harmful Things About People

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