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The Controversy Surrounding Artificial Intelligence-Generated Articles on Reviewed

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Reviewed, a product review website owned by Gannett, has recently removed several articles on affiliate marketing that some journalists claimed were generated by artificial intelligence. These controversial articles, which were initially published last Friday, included product reviews that Reviewed typically […]

The Controversy Surrounding Artificial Intelligence-Generated Articles on Reviewed

Reviewed, a product review website owned by Gannett, has recently removed several articles on affiliate marketing that some journalists claimed were generated by artificial intelligence. These controversial articles, which were initially published last Friday, included product reviews that Reviewed typically does not cover, such as dietary supplements, according to the union representing journalists and workers involved in testing and operations on the site. The posts, which were part of a new shopping page, did not have an author’s byline, prompting union members to condemn the work as an attempt to replace their staff.

By Tuesday morning, the page had disappeared. Reviewed then re-published the stories in the afternoon with a note stating that they were not written by their employees before removing the page again. As of Tuesday evening, the shopping page remained inaccessible, although links to individual stories still worked. The articles were created by independent writers hired by a marketing agency partner, not by artificial intelligence, stated Lark-Marie Anton, a spokesperson for Reviewed, in an email statement: “The pages were posted without proper disclosures of affiliate partner relationships and did not meet our editorial standards.”

Anton further added that Reviewed follows the ethical guidelines of USA Today regarding content generated by artificial intelligence. These guidelines require journalists to disclose the use of artificial intelligence and its limitations when publishing content with the help of artificial intelligence.

One of the writers mentioned on the shopping page stated on their LinkedIn profile that they have experience in “detailed and eloquent writing and editing focused on polishing text generated by artificial intelligence.”

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