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TikTok's developer stole ChatGPT features to make AI for China

TikTok's developer stole ChatGPT features to make AI for China TikTok's developer stole ChatGPT secrets to make AI for China (Getty Images)

A TikTok parent company based in Beijing, ByteDance, is facing allegations of covertly utilizing ChatGPT to make its commercial artificial intelligence exclusively for China, according to Newsweek.

The main point of the accusations is the application programming interface (API) in ChatGPT. It allows developers to integrate the AI into various applications. OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer, prohibits clients from using the chatbot to "develop models that compete with OpenAI."

Reportedly, OpenAI has suspended ByteDance's account in response to the alleged breach of its terms of service.

The Verge, citing internal ByteDance documents, says that ChatGPT played a key role in basically every stage of ByteDance's chatbot making, including training and performance evaluation.

Despite ByteDance instructing developers on its "Project Seed" (primarily based in China) to stop using ChatGPT texts, the company violated OpenAI's terms and policies. For example, for assessing the performance of a Chinese generative AI robot named Doubao. Moreover, a spokesperson for ByteDance acknowledged the use of ChatGPT-generated data for annotating or marking data.

TikTok's developer stole ChatGPT features to make AI for ChinaByteDance company (Newsweek)

The integration of artificial intelligence is a crucial aspect of the ongoing technological rivalry between the United States and China. Beijing has set ambitious goals, aiming to increase its computing power by 50% by 2025.


About a year ago, OpenAI company introduced ChatGPT, an AI-powered chatbot that allows users to get almost all requested data. It is a revolutionary technology, as ordinary users implement artificial intelligence in their everyday lives.

It also triggered a wave of similar developments, including Google Bard, Google Gemini, and Samsung's AI Gauss. However, some concerns arose around the shift in working forces, as millions of employees became replaceable or unnecessary.

Read more about the ChatGPT phenomenon in the article on RBC-Ukraine.