ChatGPT invents Guardian newspaper articles, bylines

Occurred: March 2023-

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ChatGPT invented a series of articles and bylines by reporters at The Guardian that the newspaper never published, calling into question the system's accuracy and highlighting its tendence to 'hallucinate' facts.

The discovery happened after a journalist for the paper was contacted about an article that they could not remember writing but which involved a subject they had a record of covering. After doing some additional research, they could not find any trace of the article’s existence, as ChatGPT had made up the reference. 

According to The Guardian's head of editorial innovation Chris Moran, 'Huge amounts have been written about generative AI’s tendency to manufacture facts and events. But this specific wrinkle — the invention of sources — is particularly troubling for trusted news organizations and journalists whose inclusion adds legitimacy and weight to a persuasively written fantasy.'


Operator: The Guardian
Developer: OpenAI
Country: UK; USA
Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts
Purpose: Generate text
Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability
Transparency: Governance