A suspect, identified only as “Hong”, was arrested in China’s Gansu district after allegedly using ChatGPT to create fake news.
According to a report by the South China Morning Post, Hong stoppedafter law enforcement investigated an unsubstantiated article about a train crash on April 18.
Hong was arrested for “using artificial intelligence technologies to compile false and untrue information”. Cybersecurity specialists discovered that at least 20 accounts were simultaneously posting the fake post on a popular blog site operated by Chinese tech conglomerate Baidu.
In China, social media laws are among the strictest in the world. Police said Hong was arrested for violating an order prohibiting “starting a fight and causing a disturbance”. This law also covers the spreading of false news and rumors on the Internet.
If charged, Hong faces up to five years in prison under the law. However, if the courts qualify the offense as serious, they can even impose up to 10 years.
ChatGPT is currently banned in China, but you can still use the service through VPNs.
Similar AI services are already in development in China, including Alibaba’s Tongyi Qianwen, a planned generative AI model trained to answer questions in English and Mandarin. The Chinese government authorizes these self-developed models. As Cointelegraph reported in mid-April, is however unclearwhether Tongyi Qianwen will have the same capabilities as ChatGPT.
The lack of robust generative AI models in China could potentially negatively impact the country’s tech scene, especially in sectors such as fintech and cryptocurrency trading, where the use of ChatGPT and products based on OpenAI’s GPT API increasingly popular become.
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