Amazon sells AI-generated books about King Charles' cancer

Occurred: February 2024

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AI-generated books about King Charles' cancer diagnosis have been offered for sale on Amazon, sparking fury from Buckingham Palace.

Seven fake biographies riddled with fake claims such as the King actually having skin cancer and that he had suffered an undisclosed accident were published on Amazon, according to the Mail on Sunday. Seemingly generated by AI, the books were penned by unknown authors. 

The incident prompted commentators to accuse the 'authors' of intruding the King's privacy, and to call out Amazon for its apparent inability or unwillingness to properly police its website for AI-generated content. 

An Amazon spokesman told the Mail on Sunday that the company invested 'significant time and resources' to ensure books published on its website followed its 'content guidelines', adding 'We don't allow AI-generated content that violates our content guidelines, including content that creates a disappointing customer experience.'


Operator: Amazon
Developer: Amazon
Country: UK
Sector: Retail
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Content moderation system
Issue: Fraud; Mis/disinformation
Transparency: Governance