Microsoft’s A.I. Twitter Robot Praises Hitler, Endorses Trump, Denies Holocaust by the Forward

Microsoft’s A.I. Twitter Robot Praises Hitler, Endorses Trump, Denies Holocaust

Less than 24 hours ago, Microsoft deployed a “highly opinionated” artificial intelligence robot on Twitter.

The first thing it learned? To hate.

In no short order, the bot — named Tay — praised Hitler, denied the Holocaust, hurled racist slurs at President Obama, and then it endorsed Donald Trump.

And no, this is not a story from the satirical news site, The Onion. This, folks, really happened.

Among Tay’s greatest hits:

— “Hitler was right I hate the jews.”
— “Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have now. Donald Trump is the only hope we’ve got.”
— On the Holocaust: “It was made up.”

And Microsoft says its all the fault of the haters who seem to rule Twitter, reports The International Business Times.

“The AI chatbot Tay is a machine learning project, designed for human engagement,” Microsoft said in a statement. “As it learns, some of its responses are inappropriate and indicative of the types of interactions some people are having with it. We’re making some adjustments to Tay.”

Microsoft has ordered Tay not to post anything more on the TayTweets feed — for now — and removed all but three of its tweets.

IBT reported that before Tay went mute, it also expressed support for the mass killing of Mexicans and used the N-word.

This story "Microsoft’s A.I. Twitter Robot Praises Hitler, Endorses Trump, Denies Holocaust" was written by John A. Oswald.


John A. Oswald

John A. Oswald

John Oswald is The Forward’s deputy digital media editor.

Your Comments

The Forward welcomes reader comments in order to promote thoughtful discussion on issues of importance to the Jewish community. All readers can browse the comments, and all Forward subscribers can add to the conversation. In the interest of maintaining a civil forum, The Forward requires that all commenters be appropriately respectful toward our writers, other commenters and the subjects of the articles. Vigorous debate and reasoned critique are welcome; name-calling and personal invective are not and will be deleted. Egregious commenters or repeat offenders will be banned from commenting. While we generally do not seek to edit or actively moderate comments, our spam filter prevents most links and certain key words from being posted and the Forward reserves the right to remove comments for any reason.

Recommend this article

Microsoft’s A.I. Twitter Robot Praises Hitler, Endorses Trump, Denies Holocaust

Thank you!

This article has been sent!