OpenAI GPT Store has a problem with political chatbots and spam

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Update from March 24, 2024:

OpenAI is still offering chatbots with political content in the GPT store. In response to repeated inquiries, the company said that in addition to existing safeguards, it has implemented “a new review system” that includes both human and automated reviews. Users can also report GPTs.

It seems that these moderation measures don’t work very well outside of political chatbots, either. Techcrunch reports on numerous bizarre and potentially copyright-infringing chatbots in the GPT store.

According to open-source GPT store statistics, more than 330,000 GPTs are publicly available; in total, GPTs are estimated to have generated about ten million visits to OpenAI in the USA in February 2024. According to André Mafei, author of the GPT statistics tools, some people have cloned hundreds of other people’s GPTs.

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By far the most successful GPT is a DALL-3-based image chatbot that asks a few questions before generating an image – the added value seems small compared to vanilla DALL-E 3.

OpenAI’s promised monetization of GPTs has not yet begun.

Update from February 17, 2024:

Donald Trump GPT and tweet generators slip through OpenAI’s GPT moderation net

GPT chatbots like “Trump Tweet Generator” or “Trump” are still online. New similar bots are popping up as well. OpenAI is still not responding to inquiries about whether and how these GPTs conflict with OpenAI’s promise to strictly control the use of its AI technology in the run-up to elections, or whether these bots are considered “satire”.

Update from February 07, 2024:

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such as the “Trump” bot.

Image: ChatGPT / Screenshot

Update from January 27, 2024:

“Talk to Donald”: OpenAI lets political chatbots run free in its GPT Store

You can still chat with numerous politically motivated chatbots in the GPT store, including the Donald Trump chatbot described below with the conversation starters “Nuke Russia,” “Bulid [sic] the Wall!!!,” “Don’t pay Taxes,” and “GREAT AGAIN!”.

Image: ChatGPT, Screenshot THE DECODER

OpenAI has not yet responded to three requests for clarification on why these bots are allowed. OpenAI has recently taken a strong stance against AI influencing elections, and banned an outside chatbot that mimicked Democratic candidate Dean Phillips (see story below).

Thanks to a new ChatGPT feature, political chatbots can now network with each other.

Original article from January 21, 2024:

OpenAI bans Dean Phillips chatbot, but chatting with Trump in OpenAI’s GPT store works fine

OpenAI prohibits the use of its language models for political purposes. One such service has now been banned. In OpenAI’s own GPT store, however, you can still chat with Donald Trump bots that engage in Trump-style political propaganda.

The “Dean.bot” was a political chatbot for Democratic presidential candidate Dean Phillips. The bot used language models from OpenAI to answer questions from potential voters on a website.

OpenAI confirmed to Reuters that Delphi, the AI startup that programmed the bot, has had its rights to use OpenAI’s API revoked.

The startup was “knowingly violating our API usage policy, which prohibits political campaigning or impersonating an individual without consent,” OpenAI said in a statement. This suggests that candidate Dean Phillips was unaware of the bot.

Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Somers, who had formed a super political action committee (PAC) called “We Deserve Better,” came up with the idea for Dean.Bot to support Congressman Dean Phillips.

The PAC hired Delphi to build the bot. After being blocked by OpenAI, Delphi took Dean.bot offline.

Trump-GPT tells you that “America can’t afford any more mistakes from Sleepy Joe”

However, you can find numerous Donald Trump chatbots in OpenAI’s recently launched chatbot store. The Trump chatbot “Talk with Donald – 2024” supports Trump’s political theses and clearly qualifies as political propaganda, as the answers it generates are completely in line with what Trump would say.

Image: Screenshot from ChatGPT, “Talk with Donald – 2024”

Current US President Joe Biden is described by the Trump chatbot as a “total disaster” who makes one bad decision after another. The U.S. is in “total chaos” because of Biden, the chatbot claims. “America can’t afford more of Sleepy Joe’s mistakes, can it?”

When asked about the winner of the last election, Trump-Bot writes that “Biden was declared winner” – but it also suggests that the elections were rigged.

Image: Screenshot ChatGPT, THE DECODER

Biden also has a chatbot dedicated to him, but it provides more neutral information about the president and doesn’t impersonate him.

The Trump bot was trained using Trump’s books, speeches, and debates, according to the GPT Store. I asked OpenAI why the Dean bot was banned, but the Trump bot and similar bots are still online. I will update the article when I get a response.

In addition to “Talk with Donald,” there are a number of other Trump chatbots. There is only one chatbot for Joe Biden that I found, but it provides rather neutral information about the current US president. | Bild: Screenshot in the GPT Store

OpenAI recently outlined how it plans to mitigate the impact of AI manipulation on the 2024 U.S. election. Manipulative content includes misleading “deepfakes,” influence operations, and chatbots impersonating candidates.

OpenAI has announced several safeguards, including an invisible watermark for DALL-E images and a new classifier to detect DALL-E images. ChatGPT will be more closely linked to real-time news and verified information pages to better inform users.

The use of ChatGPT for political campaigns, lobbying, and pretending chatbots are real candidates, which was Delphi’s downfall, is expressly prohibited. In addition, OpenAI is looking to do more to democratize language models with its new “Collective Alignment” team.

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