The proprietor of the honored sports activities journal “Sports activities Illustrated” fired its CEO following a scandal which revealed the journal had allegedly been publishing articles written by artificially generated writers, in accordance with a press launch from mum or dad firm The Enviornment Group.
Sports activities Illustrated writer fires CEO in newest spherical of exec terminations following AI scandal https://t.co/KLkvkaiNFe
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The corporate’s board introduced Monday afternoon that they had “terminated the employment of CEO Ross Levinsohn, and named Manoj Bhargava as interim Chief Government Officer, each efficient immediately.”
Levinsohn’s departure follows the corporate’s earlier dismissals of COO Andrew Kraft, media president Rob Barrett and company counsel Julie Fenster, per the assertion.
Sports activities Illustrated has been below fireplace for the reason that bombshell November report from Futurism that alleges the corporate created pretend writer pages to pump out synthetic intelligence-generated content material. (RELATED: The Senate Is Contemplating An AI Invoice That May Radically Alter The Future Of The Web)
One of many web site’s authors, Drew Ortiz, had a profile image that seemed to be taken from a web site that generates synthetic images, per Futurism. This was reportedly not the one profile with an image which seemed to be from the web site. When Ortiz’ web page was taken down this summer time, it linked to a sure Sora Tanaka, which was in flip changed by one other profile web page, the outlet reported. When Futurism reached out to Sports activities Illustrated, the journal apparently deleted all the different allegedly AI-generated pages from their web site.
One article, apparently written by Ortiz, describes volleyball as a sport that “generally is a little tough to get into, particularly with out an precise ball to observe with,” in accordance with Futurism.
The Enviornment Group has since admitted the content material got here from a 3rd celebration, AdVon Commerce, in accordance with the New York Publish.
Newly minted CEO Manoj Bhargava’s consultant Vince Bodiford claimed the C-suite shakeup was unrelated to the AI incident, and as an alternative partially a transfer by the board of administrators of The Enviornment Group “to enhance the operational effectivity and the income of the corporate,” the outlet reported.