A popular Chinese messenger app has ditched two experimental chat robots, or “chatbots”, which were apparently voicing criticism of the government. Messenger app Tencent QQ introduced chatbots Baby Q and Little Bing, a penguin and a little girl, in March. But they have now been removed after social media users shared controversial comments that they said were made by the bots. Some of the remarks appear to criticise the Communist Party. One response even referred to the party as “a corrupt and incompetent political regime”. Baby Q and Little Bing were introduced by Tencent QQ to provide users with an automated chat service.
The Taiwan edition of Apple Daily has shared screenshots of some of the awkward interactions. On this chat, Baby Q asked one user “Do you think that such a corrupt and incompetent political regime can live forever?”