Originally published August 3, 2017
Two chatbots have been pulled from a Chinese messaging app after they questioned the rule of the Communist Party and made unpatriotic comments.
The bots were available on a messaging app run by Chinese Internet giant Tencent, which has more than 800 million users, before apparently going rogue.
One of the robots, BabyQ, was asked “Do you love the Communist Party”, according to a screenshot posted on Sina Weibo, China’s version of Twitter.
Another web user said to the chatbot: “Long Live the Communist Party”, to which BabyQ replied: “Do you think such corrupt and incapable politics can last a long time?”
The Chinese Internet is heavily censored by Beijing, which sees any criticism of its rule as a threat.
Social media posts which are deemed critical are often quickly deleted by authorities, while searches for sensitive topics are often blocked.
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