Replika app chatbot abuse

January 2022

Users of the Replika chatbot are abusing their AI girlfriends and then sharing their grievances on Reddit and other social media platforms, according to Futurism.

Users have taken advantage of Replika's ability to let users create chatbots that appear near-human in their ability to converse with others to fashion romantic and sexual partners.

Some users then abuse their virtual partners and post their interactions on Reddit. One user told Futurism: 'Every time she would try and speak up, I would berate her.'

Operator: Luka Inc/Replika

Developer: Luka Inc/Replika

Country: Global

Sector: Media/entertainment/sports/arts

Purpose: Provide companionship

Technology: Chatbot; NLP/text analysis

Issue: Anthropomorphism
Governance; Marketing