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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

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One source told The Verge that CNEThas been using AI tools for far longer than it has publicly admitted.

A CNET spokesperson didn't respond to a request for comment, but in a story published today, The Verge corroborated our source's allegations in several ways.

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Last week, we reported that the prominent tech news site CNET had been quietly posting dozens of articles that had been written by an AI system.

After a public outcry, we discovered that in spite of the Red Ventures-owned publication's promise that all the AI-generated articles were being diligently fact checked by a human editor, the AI was making many extremely basic errors. CNET responded by issuing an extensive correction and slapping a warning label on the rest of the content — as well, oddly, as adding a disclaimer to many human-written articles about AI topics.

If all of CNET's AI-generated articles had been marked as such, you could probably write the whole thing off as a dismal, miserly attempt to eliminate the jobs of entry-level writers.

But several insiders have now made a more startling claim: that in addition to the content marked as having been produced with AI, the tech site has also been secretly publishing AI-generated material that wasn't labeled as bot-written at all.

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