OpenAI bans Dean Phillips chatbot, but you can chat with Donald Trump in OpenAI’s GPT store



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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.

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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?”

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

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