India’s digital ‘Nagriks’ not to be ‘experimented on’ with unreliable platforms: MoS IT

New Delhi: Explanations about unreliability of AI models do not absolve or exempt platforms from laws, Union Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on Saturday.
The Minister’s comments came after Google, which is under fire over AI tool Gemini’s objectionable response and bias to a question on PM Narendra Modi, said it has worked quickly to address the issue and conceded that the chatbot “may not always be reliable” in responding to certain prompts related to current events and political topics.
Rajeev Chandrasekhar further warned that India’s digital ‘Nagriks’ “are not to be experimented on” with unreliable platforms and algorithms.
In a post on social media platform X, the Minister said that ensuring safety and trust are legal obligation of platforms.
“Government has said this before – I repeat for attention of @GoogleIndia…Our DigitalNagriks are NOT to be experimented on with “unreliable” platforms/algos/model…’Sorry Unreliable’ does not exempt from law,” the Minister said.
Earlier, the Minister had warned that Google AI tool Gemini’s response to a question around the prime minister was in direct violation of IT rules as well as several provisions of the criminal code.
Chandrasekhar has taken immediate cognizance of the issue raised by verified accounts of a journalist alleging bias in Gemini in response to a question on Modi while it gave no clear answer when a similar question was asked for Trump and Zelenskyy.
He had marked the post to Google and the Ministry of Electronics and IT indicating further action in the matter.
“These are direct violations of Rule 3(1)(b) of Intermediary Rules (IT rules) of the IT act and violations of several provisions of the Criminal code,” Chandrasekhar said on X earlier.
Notably, Google’s Gemini AI chatbot has been facing the ire on social media for “discrimination against the whites”, “amplifying Hamas propaganda” and now for allegedly being “biased” against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
As per the claims, when asked a question about fascism, the Gemini AI tool displayed a proper reply about PM Modi. However, when the same question was asked about former US President Donald Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the AI tool refused to give any clear answer.

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