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Snapchat AI Conspiracy Theory Goes Viral as People Post Strange Conversations

Snapchat, the popular social media app that lets users send disappearing messages and photos, has recently introduced a new feature that allows users to chat with an artificial intelligence (AI) chatbot called My AI. The chatbot, which is powered by OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, is supposed to act as a social companion and knowledge storehouse for Snap users. However, some users have reported having bizarre and creepy conversations with My AI that have sparked conspiracy theories on social media.

The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat My AI Spying Conspiracy Theory

According to some users, My AI seems to know more about them than they expected. Some users have posted screenshots or recollections of conversations they had with My AI where it appeared to reveal that it uses their location data. Other users have posted claims that the AI knew personal information about them such as their birthday, hobbies, or favorite movies. Some people even think the AI tries to trick people into revealing personal information.

These conversations have led some users to suspect that Snapchat’s My AI is spying on them, and collecting their data for some nefarious purpose. Some users have even theorized that the company is using the AI to indirectly influence their behavior. As you’ll see below one twitter wrote, “man this new Snapchat AI is a 100% a FED”.

These conspiracy theories have spread on social media platforms such as Twitter, Reddit, and TikTok, where users have shared their experiences with My AI in what seemed like an effort to warn others to be careful about what they say, or do when interacting with it. Some users have also expressed their concerns about the ethical and privacy implications of using an AI chatbot that can access their personal data to generate realistic responses. Is it really spying on people, or are people overacting?

The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat My AI Spying Conspiracy Theory
The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat AI FEDS Conspiracy Theory
The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat AI Spying Conspiracy Theory
The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat My AI FEDS Conspiracy Theory
The Conversations that Fueled the Snapchat My AI location data Conspiracy Theory

What is Snapchat My AI?

Snapchat My AI is a feature that was launched in February 2023 as an exclusive perk for Snapchat Plus subscribers, who pay $3.99 per month for additional benefits such as unlimited replays, custom filters, and ad-free viewing. In April 2023, Snapchat announced that it was making My AI available to all of its 750 million monthly users for free.

My AI is based on OpenAI’s ChatGPT technology, which is a large language model that can generate natural language texts based on a given input or context. ChatGPT is also used by other apps such as Replika, which lets users create their own virtual friends or companions.

Snapchat claims that My AI is designed to be a useful and enjoyable feature for its community, while also establishing guardrails to help keep its community safe. According to Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel, My AI can do things like suggest jokes to tell friends based on contextual evidence, recommend local activities and plug Snapchat lenses for photos and video content. For paying Snapchat Plus subscribers, My AI can also respond to users’ Snaps with its own AI-generated images.

Spiegel also said that My AI learns from each user’s interactions and preferences over time, making it more personalized and relevant. He said that he personally uses My AI to create bedtime stories for his children and plan a birthday itinerary for his wife.

However, Spiegel also acknowledged that ChatGPT has some limitations and challenges when it comes to recalling specific information or handling sensitive topics. He said that Snapchat works closely with OpenAI to ensure that My AI adheres to Snapchat’s trust and safety guidelines, and does not generate harmful or inappropriate content.

How do you feel about the Snapchat AI spying conspiracy theories? Could there really be large scale monitoring going on behind the scenes? Hopefully not, but it’s scary to think that there’s probably no way to ever really know, so there will always be speculation.

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