A man has been in China’s Gansu province for allegedly utilising ChatGPT to construct a false story about a train catastrophe.
This marks the the country’s first arrest in an AI-related investigation as Beijing tightens its grip on deepfake technology.
The story, which claimed the collision killed nine construction workers in Pingliang, China’s northwestern Gansu province, received more than 15,000 clicks after being uploaded on social media on April 25.
China’s new deepfake guidelines prohibit service providers and users from utilising such technology to manufacture, disseminate, or construct false information.
The regulations, which went into force on January 10, are intended to limit the use of generative AI technologies to alter online material.
According to the police statement, a total of 25 Baijiahao accounts, a blog-style platform owned by China’s tech giant Baidu, reported the “accident” using IP addresses from various locations.
According to the report, the suspect, surnamed Hong, was identified and arrested for fabricating false information after authorities investigated all of the accounts and discovered his company was implicated.
According to local authorities, Hong reportedly modified ChatGPT-generated news and posted it to the Baidu-owned site, and investigations are ongoing.