Beware! Spam AI And Fake Content Has Started Hijacking The Internet

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  • January 31, 2024
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In a disturbing turn of events, the digital landscape is increasingly plagued by the proliferation of AI-generated spam, marking a worrying trend in content manipulation.

Key players in this scenario include genuine content creators, such as 404 Media and The Hairpin, alongside scammers and spammers exploiting AI tools.

These spammers are primarily motivated by financial gains. They use AI to rapidly produce vast volumes of content that rank high on search engines and, consequently, earn significant ad revenue.

As this news broke on the internet, people around the world started sharing their views and thoughts related to AI spam.

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One of the most striking examples of this issue is with 404 Media, which had to retool its website due to AI spam. AI-generated versions of their original stories began appearing on search-engine-optimized spam sites, often ranking higher than the genuine articles.

Similarly, The Hairpin, an indie blog from the 2010s, fell victim to an AI click farmer who altered its original content, including changing article names.

Beyond these examples, a particularly distressing use of artificial intelligence has been in creating fake obituaries. These AI-generated obituaries not only contain errors but also cause immense pain to the families of the deceased.

They are part of a broader strategy by scammers to create YouTube videos and spammy websites to attract traffic from people searching for information about recently passed individuals.

People appeared unsettled upon hearing the news, which indicated that this spam could potentially disrupt the effectiveness of internet search page results.

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This surge in AI spam not only affects the revenue and credibility of original content creators but also poses a significant challenge for search engines like Google.

These platforms are tasked with the complex job of filtering out low-quality, AI-generated content to ensure users have access to reliable and authentic information. Google has recognized the issue, particularly with spammy obituaries, and is actively working to address these concerns.

As AI technology evolves, the battle against AI-generated spam will require increasingly sophisticated strategies. This is not just a problem for journalists whose content is being stolen or families grieving digital grave robbery, but a broader issue for the entire internet community.

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Digital marketing enthusiast by day, nature wanderer by dusk. Dave Andre blends two decades of AI and SaaS expertise into impactful strategies for SMEs. His weekends? Lost in books on tech trends and rejuvenating on scenic trails.

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