According to Nikkei Asia’s report, tech firms are prohibited from offering ChatGPT or related services through their platforms.
In the news in the Chinese state media, there were statements that ChatGPT, developed by the US-based artificial intelligence company OpenAI, spread false information that could harm sovereignty.
“An excellently written response in accordance with the US government”
On February 20, it was reported that the China Daily newspaper shared a post on the subject on Weibo, the country’s largest social media platform.
The post alleged that ChatGPT would assist the United States in “spreading disinformation and its own political narratives”.
At the same time, in a video published by the newspaper, it was seen that ChatGPT was asked questions about the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
It was reported that the presenter in the video used the following statements when ChatGPT talked about the news that the Chinese committed human rights violations against the Uighur Muslim minorities:
“An excellently written response in keeping with the political emphases of the US government.”
The chatbot had recently become available through third-party apps on WeChat, another major social media platform in the country.
With the new decision, it was stated that the technology giant Tencent, the owner of WeChat, also received a warning, and then access was removed.
First country to ban ChatGPT
After this move, comments are made that China is the first country to ban ChatGPT.
Chinese internet giant Baidunu is also known to develop a chat bot that rivals ChatGPT. The new chat bot, whose name has not yet been announced, is expected to be available to users in March.