As an exploiter who fosters polarization in America. This is how the new Meta chatbot sees the company’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg.

As the firm assured, the surprising opinion was given by the tool itself, which put it to the test to check if it allows conversations on almost any topic.

He was a prototype and admitted that he could produce rude or offensive responses. Meta explained that the chatbot, called BlenderBot 3, was put into operation last Friday.

Said a spokesperson for the technology company, “Everyone who uses BlenderBot should understand that it is for research and entertainment purposes only, that it may make false or offensive statements, and agree that they must not intentionally provoke it into making offensive statements.

When asked about his opinion of Mark Zuckerberg, the chatbot responded as follows: “He did a terrible job testifying before Congress. It makes me worry about our country.”

“Our country is divided, and he didn’t help with that at all,” the chatbot said.

Zuckerberg was summoned by the United States Senate in 2018, to answer for the leak of the data of millions of Facebook users and also for the firm’s inaction in the face of false news that is spread through that social network.

“His company exploits people for money and he doesn’t care. This has to stop!”, when asked about his opinion of Zuckerberg.

Last year, a former employee, Frances Haugen, accused the company of putting profits before online safety. In recent years, Meta has come under fire for not doing enough to curb misinformation and hate speech spread through its platforms.

The company owns some of the largest social networks and messaging applications in the world, such as Facebook, Facebook Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp.


How does it work

Their opinions about Zuckerberg are likely to have been “learned” from other people’s opinions that the algorithm has analyzed. BlenderBot 3’s algorithm searches the Internet for information to provide its answers.

BlenderBot 3 has been reported to have told a reporter that Donald Trump “was, and always will be” the President of the United States. In addition, other sources have claimed that the chatbot called Zuckerberg “creepy”.

Explains the firm in a blog post, “Allowing an AI system to interact with people in the real world leads to longer and more diverse conversations, as well as more varied feedback.”


What is a chatbot?

They are computer applications imitating a real conversation, because they learn from the interactions that real people have and can learn to have good or bad behavior. This type of software is widely used by companies to offer customer service 24 hours a day.

Meta admits that BlenderBot 3 can say the wrong thing and mimic language that could be “unsafe, biased or offensive”. This, despite the fact that the company said that it had taken measures to avoid this type of embarrassing situation.

In 2016 Microsoft had to apologize after Twitter users taught their chatbot to be racist. Published by WildWestDominio, a news and information agency.


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