Apology issued by Irish newspaper for AI-generated article containing misinformation

2023-05-15

Summary: - Irish newspaper unknowingly published an article written by AI under a fake identity - The Irish Times apologized to its readers and acknowledged the need for stronger pre-publication controls - The author engaged with the editorial desk and offered research and personal anecdotes, but it was soon uncovered that the piece and byline image were created via generative AI - The profile for the writer on Twitter reposted a link to the now-removed piece and called out the Irish Times for needing a better screening process - Users on Twitter congratulated the profile on exposing the periodical and some vowed to never read the Irish Times again - The German magazine Die Aktuelle faced legal action from the family of race car driver Michael Schumacher after releasing an AI-generated interview with him - A Wall Street Journal reporter recently used AI to clone herself and fool both her bank and close relatives

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A daily newspaper in Ireland released a statement saying it was “deliberately deceived” to believe the identity of a guest writer that turned out to be AI.

An Irish daily newspaper apologized to its readers after it unknowingly published an article by a guest writer who had used artificial intelligence (AI) to pen the piece and their identity.

In a statement from the Irish Times on May 14, the publication said it was a victim of “a deliberate and coordinated deception.” The editor of the publication, Ruadhán Mac Cormaic, acknowledged the need for stronger pre-publication controls and that:

“It has also underlined one of the challenges raised by generative AI for news organisations.”

The piece was initially published on the morning of May 11, regarding the use of fake tans by Irish women from the perspective of a writer under the name of Adriana Acosta-Cortez, who was described as a “young immigrant woman in Ireland.” 

According to Mac Cormaic, the so-called author engaged with the editorial desk and offered research and personal anecdotes. However, it was shortly uncovered that the piece and the byline image were “at least in part” created via generative AI.

The profile for the writer on Twitter reposted a link to the now-removed piece via the internet archive. In another tweet, they called out the Irish Times saying it needs a “better screening process.”

While the actual identity behind the profile of Adriana Acosta-Cortez has yet to be understood, users on Twitter commented on the post calling the hoax a “solid move” and congratulating the profile on “exposing” the periodical. 

One user said he “can’t in good faith ever read the IT after this.”

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The Irish Times is not the only publication to recently come under scrutiny for AI-related content.

On April 14, a German magazine called Die Aktuelle released “the first interview!” with race car driver Michael Schumacher since a serious brain injury in 2013. However, it was quickly uncovered that the interview was generated by AI and the publication was promptly subject to legal action from Schumacher’s family.

A Wall Street Journal reporter recently used AI to “clone” herself with the ability to fool both her bank and close relatives. 

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Source: cointelegraph.com

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