April 19, 2024
Google Restricts Bard AI Election Answers

Google Restricts Bard AI Election Answers

Google has announced its intention to impose limitations on specific election-related queries that its AI chatbot Bard and its Search Generative Experience can address. In a blog post on December 19, Google outlined plans to implement these restrictions, aiming to enforce them by early 2024, in anticipation of the upcoming U.S. presidential election.

The blog post emphasized the significance of 2024, as it will witness several crucial elections globally, including the U.S. presidential election. Google pledged to intensify its focus on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) during this period. A key priority mentioned was assisting users in recognizing AI-generated content. Notably, Google had previously mandated AI disclosures in political campaign ads, joining other major tech companies in this transparency effort.

YouTube, a subsidiary of Google, updated its policies in November 2023, compelling creators to disclose the use of generative AI or face account suspension. Additionally, Google introduced a new tool called SynthID, currently in the beta stage, developed by Google’s DeepMind. This tool embeds a digital watermark directly into AI-generated images and audio content.

The article highlighted Meta’s (parent company of Facebook and Instagram) decision to prohibit the use of generative AI ad-creation tools for political advertisers in November. The broader theme of AI’s impact on elections gained attention, particularly concerning potential influences on voter sentiment through social media.

A European study pointed out that Microsoft’s Bing AI chatbot, now rebranded as Copilot, provided misleading or inaccurate information about elections in approximately 30% of its responses.

As the 2024 elections approach, Google and other major tech players are taking proactive measures to address concerns related to AI-generated content and its potential impact on the electoral landscape.

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