Will AI Bias Worsen as It Cozies Up to Media in New Deal?

December 14th, 2023 3:29 PM

Get your tuxedo ready! One of the fastest-growing artificial intelligence companies has officially tied the knot with notoriously leftist legacy media to prop up its content in chatbot responses.

OpenAI, the infamous parent company of ChatGPT, signed a deal on Tuesday with global leftist media company Axel Springer, the publisher of Politico, Business Insider and European properties BILD and WELT, to prioritize the publications’ content in search prompts. Dubbed a “first-of-its-kind” by the companies, the deal means that OpenAI will use as part of its datasets a trove of legacy media content to shove down the throats of anyone who uses the AI chatbot.

The deal announcement comes on the heels of numerous reports and studies accusing ChatGPT of blindly spewing leftist propaganda. Notably, OpenAI has been mired with criticism that it could be weaponized against conservatives.

MRC Free Speech America Vice President Dan Schneider raised concerns about OpenAI’s prioritization of Axel Springer. “It is inexplicable that OpenAI, a company that claims it is not biased, would first announce a deal with some of the most leftist media in the U.S.,” said Schneider, who has raised the alarm on AI in recent months. “Studies have shown that AI already skews to the political left. Colluding with media outlets with a proven left-wing bias is sure to make things worse.”

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Indeed—MRC has published several reports exposing how ChatGPT has cozied up to the leftist ideology in the past, including cheerleading for leftist gender ideology; hailing President Joe Biden while criticizing former President Donald Trump; cracking a disturbing joke on Jesus while refusing the same for the Prophet Muhammad; and falsely accusing a right-leaning legal scholar Jonathan Turley of a sexual harassment scandal, among other things.

Moreover, just last month, Politico came under fire for blindly running a since-debunked Hamas-led claim that Israeli forces bombed a Gaza-based hospital. Subsequent reporting has revealed that the hospital was bombed by the Palestine Islamic Jihad, one of the Gaza-based terrorist groups.

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In a joint statement issued Tuesday, OpenAI cheerfully described the deal as a plan to provide so-called “quality” information to ChatGPT users. “This marks a significant step in both companies’ commitment to leverage AI for enhancing content experiences and creating new financial opportunities that support a sustainable future for journalism,” the companies declared.

Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner touted this partnership as a new ploy to “bring quality, societal relevance and the business model of journalism to the next level.” Echoing Döpfner, OpenAI Chief Operating Officer Brad Lightcap said the deal will bring “quality, real-time news” to users.

While OpenAI has reportedly been in “advanced discussions” with News Corp, the parent company of Fox News and the New York Post, it isn’t clear whether OpenAI will follow through on a deal with competitors to leftist legacy media outlets. Neither OpenAI nor Axel Springer immediately responded to MRC Free Speech America’s requests for comment.

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