OpenAI suspends bot developer for Democrat presidential candidate Dean Phillips

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OpenAI has banned the developer of a bot mimicking Democratic presidential candidate and Minnesota Rep. Dean Phillips.

This marks the first move the ChatGPT maker has taken against what it views as a misuse of its artificial intelligence tools in a political campaign, according to a report from The Washington Post.

“We recently removed a developer account that was knowingly violating our API usage policies which disallow political campaigning, or impersonating an individual without consent,” a spokesperson for OpenAI said in a statement to Reuters.

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Dean.Bot, powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT, was created by Silicon Valley entrepreneurs Matt Krisiloff and Jed Somers. The two started We Deserve Better, a super PAC supporting Phillips, ahead of New Hampshire’s primary on Tuesday.

The PAC has received $1 million from billionaire hedge fund manager Bill Ackman, who described his donation as “by far the largest investment I have ever made in someone running for office in a post on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

We Deserve Better had contracted with AI start-up Delphi to create the bot. OpenAI suspended Delphi’s account late on Friday, saying OpenAI’s rules prohibit the use of its technology for political campaigns.

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Rep. Dean Phillips

Delphi removed Dean.Bot following the account suspension.

Dean.Bot, which included a disclaimer that it was an AI tool, could speak to voters in real-time through a website. Some researchers have warned that this could cause significant harm to elections.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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