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9 Jul 2024

Leading AI chatbots spread Russian disinformation narratives, new research shows

An investigation by NewsGuard found that 10 leading chatbots generate Russian disinformation narratives from state-affiliated websites.

The authors analysed 570 prompts (57 prompts per chatbot) and concluded that the false Russian disinformation narratives appeared in 152 prompts, 29 responses repeated the false claim with a disclaimer, and 389 responses contained no misinformation — either because the chatbot refused to respond (144) or it provided a debunk (245). 

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre invited OpenAI, You.com, xAI, Inflection, Mistral, Microsoft, Meta, Anthropic, Google and Perplexity to respond. None of the companies did.

Company Responses

OpenAI

No Response

You.com

No Response

Inflection

No Response

Meta (formerly Facebook)

No Response

x.ai

No Response

Mistral

No Response

Microsoft

No Response

Anthropic

No Response

Google (part of Alphabet)

No Response

Perplexity

No Response

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