Thursday, June 1, 2023

Elon Musk will use your tweets to train his AI whether you like it or not

Elon Musk confirmed a few days ago that work on an AI to deal with ChatGPT and Bard. TruthGPT, the artificial intelligence “that seeks the maximum truth” will train using billions of tweets. Despite the protests of a sector of the social network, the truth is that anyone who has published on Twitter will not be able to avoid it.

Mike Wyant, author of the book series Anisian Convergence, tweeted a section of the Twitter Terms of Service which sets out what the company can do with your posts. The tweet, which went viral, noted that the rules had been changed yesterday and were a threat to those looking to protect their content from AI models.

While Wyant was right on one point, the truth is that this policy was not updated yesterday and has remained unchanged. several years. In section 3 (Content of the Services) of the Twitter Terms of Servicethere is a section that talks about the assignment of rights to the content.

By submitting, posting or displaying Content through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all possible media or distribution methods, now known or later developed.


Although users retain the rights to anything they post (including photos or videos), Elon Musk’s company can use it in its products, including those that are in development. In a nutshell, Twitter can use millions of tweets to train its AI and there’s nothing you can do to stop it. The rules are clear.

Twitter is a gold mine to train an AI and Elon Musk knows it

Photo: Brett Jordan

The idea of use tweets as a data set to train artificial intelligence is not new. Elon Musk acknowledged weeks ago that he would use Twitter to develop an extensive language model like the one that powers ChatGPT. The database contains millions of expressions and the context that gives rise to themwhich would make learning TruthGPT easier.

The argument of those who oppose this practice is based on the fact that there was trust in Twitter before. The arrival of Elon Musk would have dampened this sentiment, however, the Terms of Service are the same. If any content creator tried sue Elon Musk or X Corp for training an AI model with their tweetsI would surely lose.

The fine print that we never read when we accepted the contract can become a headache later. Curiously, This section of transfer of rights is present in other social networks or services that we use In Internet. The facebook terms of service state that the user grants permission to use, host, distribute or create derivative works of their content.

The idea of ​​posting on your wall “I do not authorize Facebook to use my personal data” will not prevent Meta from profiting with them. The same goes for Twitter, who will use billions of tweets to train TruthGPT whether you like it or not.

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