Microsoft President Says Taylor Swift Wanted to Sue Over Racist Chatbot Named 'Tay'

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In 2016 Microsoft unleashed a Twitter chatbot named “Tay” onto the world and immediately its machine-learning algorithm turned to racism and sexism. Hey, if you build a bot to mimic how people talk on the Internet, this is what happens! But in addition to those offended at @TayTweets’s calls for a race war and other obscenities, one pop star was quite unhappy with the resemblance between her name and Tay: Taylor Swift.

The BBC reports that in Microsoft President Brad Smith’s new biography Smith writes about receiving an email from a Beverly Hills lawyer representing Swift after @TayTweets went live. “The name Tay, as I’m sure you must know, is closely associated with our client,” this lawyer reportedly wrote, adding that the name Tay “created a false and misleading association between the popular singer and our chatbot.”

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Smith claimed complete ignorance and the bot was made private in less than 24 hours anyway because of all the, uh, violent and racist tweets from Tay. If @TayTweets ever want to come back from the dead, she better watch her back, because Swift isn’t having it.

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Hazel Cills

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