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Facebook, Instagram Users’ Posts Helped Train Meta’s AI Bot

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Facebook, Instagram Users’ Posts Helped Train Meta’s AI Bot

By Movieguide® Contributor

Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, just revealed that it uses public posts on the social media sites to train its new artificial intelligence assistant.

“Meta President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg said that the company used only public posts and stayed clear of both private posts that were shared with friends and family as well as private messages to train the company’s AI bot, according to a report from Reuters,” Fox News reported.

“AI’s need staggering amounts of training data, so user posts are an ideal way to ‘feed the beast,'” Christopher Alexander, chief analytics officer of Pioneer Development Group, told Fox News. “You have the potential for some incredibly persuasive AIs that speak exactly how a person they are communicating with best identifies with. There are some real concerns about how human-seeming AI can become, and that should be considered.”

In August, Meta did provide Facebook users with an option to choose whether their personal data to be used for training third-party AI models. However, Cyber News reported that “the form does not offer the Facebook user a way to opt-out of their data being used to train Meta’s AI assistant, only third parties.”

Clegg told Reuters that he anticipates legal debate about whether Meta actions will be considered as fair use under copyright laws.

“We think it is, but I strongly suspect that’s going to play out in litigation,” he said.

The Verge and other sources say that Meta launched the AI assistant to compete with other emerging chatbots.

Movieguide® previously reported on Meta’s new AI assistant’s celebrity features:

Tech Crunch reported that a “vast list of celebrities and influencers…have signed on to let Meta use their likeness for some fun. There are now 28 AI characters based on famous people—but built entirely from AI—from across the worlds of sport, music, social media and more.”

Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Meta, wanted to give life and personality to chatbots.

‘This isn’t just gonna be about answering queries,” Zuckerberg said of the chatbots. ‘This is about entertainment and about helping you do things to connect with the people around you.’

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