Microsoft Muzzles Its Artificially Intelligent Twitter Persona

ENLARGE Microsoft shut down its social media service Tay on Thursday after users were able to elicit offensive replies by getting the software to repeat much of what was tweeted at it. Photo: Associated Press By Jay Greene Jay Greene The Wall Street Journal CANCEL Biography @greene iamjaygreene Google+ jay.greene@wsj.com March 24, 2016 2:24 p.m. ET 0 COMMENTS Less than one day after Microsoft Corp. MSFT 0.37 % released Tay, an artificially intelligent software chatbot that communicated through messages on social media services, the program went rogue. On Wednesday, Microsoft’s research arm launched the software on services run by Twitter Inc., TWTR -1.19 % Facebook Inc., FB 0.19 % Snapchat Inc., and Instagram. Hours later, it started spewing anti-Semitic rants, which Twitter users collected and posted on social media. One…


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