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December 29, 2022

WeChat bans ChatGPT in China’s latest attempt to control the internet

In Brief

ChatGPT was created to help people access information the Chinese government may not want them to see.

This includes information about the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

Tencent Corporation, the company that owns WeChat has banned all ChatGPT accounts.

In a move that will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with the Chinese government, WeChat has banned the popular chatbot ChatGPT.

China has been known to censor the internet and control what its citizens can see and do online. The latest example of this is WeChat banning ChatGPT, a chatbot that was created to help people access information the government may not want them to see.

The applet linking ChatGPT to WeChat was available within weeks of the AI launch. Related projects on GitHub and other platforms also included several custom methods for interacting with ChatGPT via WeChat.

WeChat bans ChatGPT: China's latest attempt to control the internet
Tencent Corporation, the owner of WeChat, blocks and deletes all accounts using ChatGPT. This is the latest in a long line of attempts by the Chinese government to control the internet and prevent its citizens from accessing information that the government deems to be ‘dangerous’.

It’s no surprise that the chatbot was quickly shut down by Tencent Corporation, the company that owns WeChat, as people used the chatbot to access information that the Chinese government does not want its citizens to see. This includes information about the violent crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Tiananmen Square in 1989.

While the Chinese government continues to try to control the internet, it’s clear that there are still ways for people to access information that they are not supposed to see.

In the past, the Chinese government has banned foreign social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, and it has also developed its own, heavily censored, versions of these platforms. It is no surprise, then, that the government has now turned its attention to chatbots.

  • ChatGPT is a web-based chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to generate responses to questions. It has been praised for its ability to find information that is otherwise difficult to obtain due to the Chinese government’s censorship of the internet.
  • The likely reason that the chatbot is very useful for finding information is that it definitely includes facts that the government forbids people from discussing on Chinese platforms.

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Damir is the team leader, product manager, and editor at Metaverse Post, covering topics such as AI/ML, AGI, LLMs, Metaverse, and Web3-related fields. His articles attract a massive audience of over a million users every month. He appears to be an expert with 10 years of experience in SEO and digital marketing. Damir has been mentioned in Mashable, Wired, Cointelegraph, The New Yorker, Inside.com, Entrepreneur, BeInCrypto, and other publications. He travels between the UAE, Turkey, Russia, and the CIS as a digital nomad. Damir earned a bachelor's degree in physics, which he believes has given him the critical thinking skills needed to be successful in the ever-changing landscape of the internet. 

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