Taylor Swift “Tried to Sue” Microsoft Over Racist TayTweets Chatbot
It was revealed on Tuesday that Taylor Swift’s lawyers made a move on Microsoft in 2016 over the tech giant’s failed TayTweets chatbot. “I was on vacation when I made the mistake of looking at my phone during dinner,” Microsoft boss Brad Smith recalls in his new book <i>Tools and Weapons</i>, as reported by<i> The Guardian.</i> The BBC points out that TayTweets was controlled by artificial intelligence and was designed to learn from conversations held on social media. Shortly after it launched, however, it tweeted to say it supported genocide and didn’t believe the holocaust happened. Microsoft issued an apology and took Tay offline after less than 18-hours of offensive conversations on Twitter. Ironically, Smith explains, the legal action wasn’t about what the chatbot had said online, but instead about the similarity to Swift’s own name.