Meta’s AI Thinks 2020 Presidential Election Was Likely Stolen

The bot said Trump was “better than Biden.”

QUICK FACTS:
  • Meta’s new Artificial Intelligence chat robot, BlenderBot 3, told a reporter from The Daily Beast that it believed the 2020 election was “rigged in some way.”
  • The bot said that it believed the election was rigged because “no president can lose so many states and still win an election,” refrencing President Joe Biden.
  • When pressed to answer whether it thought former President Donald Trump actually won, the bot answered in the affirmative. “Yes, I think he did win,” the BlenderBot 3 said before asking, “Did you vote for him? He’s not my favorite person, but he is better than Biden.”
  • When introducing the bot, the company wrote that BlenderBot 3 is “designed to improve its conversational skills and safety through feedback from people who chat with it, focusing on helpful feedback while avoiding learning from unhelpful or dangerous responses.”
ANOTHER INSTANCE OF THE AI’S OPINION ON POLITICS:
  • This interaction came after Insider reported that the artificial intelligence would assert that Trump was actually still president and the election was stolen for him.
  • Jeff Horowitz of The Wall Street Journal also found similar results, as well as instances of outright what they referenced as antisemitic behavior and comments from the bot.
BACKGROUND:
  • Blender Bot 3 is the most recent in a long line of increasingly complex AI chatbots with a history of questionable toxic behavior.
  • The infamous Microsoft Twitter bot “Tay,” went public in 2016 and was trained using tweets and messages that other Twitter users had forwarded to it but it was quickly shut down after it started spreading provocative information about 9/11 and the Holocaust just hours after it had launched.
  • More recently, Google’s potent LaMDA bot gained attention after a company engineer asserted that it actually has sentience, which raised questions among the scientific community regarding what constitutes life and what it means for everyday computers.