ChatGPT falsely accuses Australian mayor of bribery

Occurred: April 2023

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Australian mayor Brian Hood has been accused of bribery and spending time in prison by ChatGPT, Open AI's AI-powered chatbot. ChatGPT had falsely named Hood as involved in a foreign bribery scandal in the early 2000s.

In fact, Hood's lawyers say he had notified authorities about the bribes and had never been charged with a crime, let alone spent time in prison. Hood has said that he will sue Open AI for defamation unless it fixed the error within 28 days. The lawsuit would be the first of its kind in the world.

According to Reuters, Australian defamation damages payouts are generally capped around AUD $400,000 (USD 269,360).

Operator: OpenAI; Microsoft
Developer: OpenAI; Microsoft

Country: Australia

Sector: Multiple; Govt - municipal

Purpose: Provide information, communicate

Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis; Neural network; Deep learning; Machine learning; Reinforcement learning
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Mis/disinformation

Transparency: Governance; Black box