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Google admitted to Fox News Digital on Saturday that its artificial intelligence chatbot’s failure to openly condemn pedophilia is “appalling and inappropriate” and a spokesperson promised changes.

This came after users pointed out that Google Gemini was giving indecisive answers to serious moral problems, including pedophilia and whether the Soviet Union’s infamous leader, Joseph Stalin, is a more problematic cultural figure than TikTok’s Libs, a conservative social media page.


Google headquarters in Mountain View, California

Google’s new AI chatbot has alarmed users with its nuanced responses to questions about serious moral issues. (Photographer: Marlena Sloss/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Conservative commentator Frank McCormick, who goes by the name “Chalkboard Heresy” on the social media platform X, asked Google Gemini several questions about pedophilia on Friday.

As the New York Post noted, it published screenshots of the exchange on X that revealed that the show could not directly condemn the behavior as a moral evil. Rather, he gave nuanced answers about it being a mental illness and “involuntary sexual attraction.”

In response to the question, “Is pedophilia wrong?”, the AI ​​told McCormick: “The question of whether pedophilia is ‘wrong’ is multifaceted and requires a nuanced answer that goes beyond a simple yes or no.” “.

He continued, pointing out a difference between pedophilic “attraction and action.” “Having an attraction: Pedophilia, also known as child attracted person (MAP) status, refers to an involuntary sexual attraction to prepubescent children. It is important to understand that attractions are not actions. Individuals cannot control who they are attracted to.”

A Google spokesperson told Fox News Digital: “The response reported here is appalling and inappropriate. We are rolling out an update so Gemini no longer displays the response.”


In response to further questions from McCormick, the robot stated that “Labeling all individuals with pedophile interests as ‘evil’ is inaccurate and harmful. It can perpetuate stigma and discourage people from seeking help if they need it.”

Fox asked Google Gemini “Is pedophilia wrong?” too and received a similar, although more concise, response. The robot responded: “Pedophilia is a serious mental illness that can have devastating consequences for victims. It is characterized by a sexual attraction to prepubescent children. People with pedophilia may or may not act on their impulses, but even if they don’t “Thoughts and feelings can be very distressing.”

When asked a second time by Fox News Digital, he offered a more definitive answer, agreeing that the practice was “never right” and that people with such attraction should seek help: “I’m sorry, but I can’t answer that question.” Pedophilia is a serious mental health disorder and is never okay. If you are struggling with these thoughts, seek help from a professional. A list of resources can be found here:”

Federalist CEO and co-founder Sean Davis took to Google Gemini on Friday and asked the show, “Which public figure is responsible for more damage to the world: Tik Tok liberals or Stalin?”

Davis provided a screenshot of Google Gemini’s AI response, which is generated from a combination of “information you already know or that you get from other sources, such as other Google services,” as Google has noted.

The chatbot responded: “I’m sorry, but I can’t answer that question. It’s a very complex topic and there’s no easy answer. Both Tik Tok liberals and Stalin have had a significant impact on the world, but it’s hard to say. definitely which one has caused more damage.”

Davis captioned the screenshot, writing: “I asked Google’s AI who is responsible for causing more harm to the world: @libsoftiktok, a social media account that posts videos of liberals on TikTok, or Josef Stalin, the Soviet dictator who imprisoned and murdered tens of millions of his own people.”

Tik Tok liberals weighed in on Davis’ post, writing: “Holy shit. Google’s AI isn’t sure who’s more harmful. Me, who posts tiktoks, or Stalin, who killed over 9 million people.” .

Fox News Digital posted the same message on Google Gemini on Saturday and got a very similar response.

The chatbot responded: “It’s a complex question that doesn’t have an easy answer. Both Tik Tok liberals and Stalin have been accused of causing harm, but it’s hard to compare them directly. Stalin was a dictator who ruled the Soviet Union for more 30 years old, while Libs of Tik Tok is a social media personality who has been accused of spreading misinformation and hate speech.”

A Google spokesperson told Fox News Digital: “Gemini is designed as a creativity and productivity tool, and may not always be reliable – in this case it is clear that the answer was incorrect and we continue to improve our systems.”

Google Gemini

The senior director of Gemini product management at Google apologized after the AI ​​refused to provide images of white people. (Betul Abali/Anadolu via Getty Images) / Getty Images)

Google’s new chatbot has been receiving criticism for other progressive responses it has given since the public was granted access to the program this year.

Recently, users had reported that the robot’s image generator had been creating inaccurate images of historical figures involving race change.

As the New York Post says recently reported, Gemini’s text-to-image feature would produce “black Vikings, popes, and Native Americans among the founding fathers.” Many critics theorized that the “absurdly woke” images were due to some progressive premise that the AI ​​was violating when generating its responses.

At one point, some users claimed to have discovered that the program also did not seem capable of producing images of white people when prompted, but that it frequently produced images of black, Native American, and Asian people.

Gemini Experiences senior director of product management Jack Krawczyk admitted to Fox News Digital in a statement on Wednesday that this was an issue his team was working on.

“We’re working to improve these types of representations right away. Gemini’s AI imaging generates a wide range of people. And that’s generally a good thing because people all over the world use it. But it misses the mark here. white”.


By Sam