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FTC looking into ChatGPT’s consumer protections: July 14 rundown

Jul 14, 2023

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ChatGPT has been ordered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to turn over its records related to consumer protections, and the World Health Organization (WHO) officially released its report on how safe it is to consume an artificial sweetener found in popular diet drinks. These stories and more highlight the rundown for Friday, July 14, 2023.

FTC to investigate ChatGPT’s consumer protections

The FTC revealed it was investigating whether OpenAI’s ChatGPT is harmful to consumers. The commission is specifically looking into whether false information is being generated about consumers, or whether their personal information could be at risk.

As part of its consumer protections investigation, the FTC will dig into ChatGPT’s privacy safeguards and data security practices. The CEO of OpenAI said its technology is safe to use, and they are confident the government watchdog will see the company is following the law.

China finalizes first-of-its-kind AI regulations

While talks of potential AI regulation are still floating around Capitol Hill, China has taken a major step in overseeing the powerful technology. China’s top internet watchdog unveiled a set of new rules on Thursday, July 13 that will apply to AI beginning Aug. 15.

Under the rules, companies will have to be licensed to operate and register any AI algorithms with the Chinese government. AI services in China must also adhere to the “core values of socialism.” With the rules, China becomes one of the first countries in the world to impose AI regulations.

U.S. ‘serious’ about Gershkovich prisoner exchange

Wall Street Journal reporter Evan Gershkovich has been detained in Russia for more than 100 days on espionage charges. President Joe Biden was asked by the press about the idea of a potential prisoner swap in order to free the jailed journalist.

“I’m serious about prisoner exchange,” President Biden said. “I’m serious about doing what we can to free Americans being illegally held in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter. And that process is underway.”

The United States said while talks are underway, there hasn’t been a clear pathway to a resolution.

Paul Whelan is also considered wrongfully detained in Russia. He was left behind in the prisoner swap that brought home WNBA star Brittney Griner.

Gershkovich could face up to a 20-year sentence in a country known for harsh prison camps and conditions.

Putin says Wagner Group ‘does not exist’

The Wagner Group “simply doesn’t exist,” according to Russian President Vladimir Putin. He was speaking in a legal sense, adding that “there is no law on private military organizations.”

President Putin’s comments come as the Defense Department noted a suspension of activity of Wagner forces on the front lines of Russia’s war with Ukraine. Putin said he offered the Wagner mercenaries a chance to continue serving after their failed mutiny in June of 2023.

After the rebellion, Putin met with Wagner Group commanders and had them pledge loyalty. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Wagner forces are completing the handover of their weapons to the Russian military.

Hollywood actors officially begin strike

Tens of thousands of actors officially began striking after a strike was unanimously approved by Hollywood’s largest union. While the work stoppage officially began at midnight Friday, signs of a strike could already be seen Thursday, with the cast of the upcoming film “Oppenheimer” walking out of the film’s London premiere.

The actors, represented by the Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA), now join the Writers Guild of America in a strike that is now over 200,000 people strong. The double-barreled strike is expected to shut down the small number of productions that continued shooting during the writers strike.

“We really didn’t want to strike,” SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher said. “We extended an unprecedented amount of time to avert a strike because it’s not lost on us how this will impact not only our members, but people who service our industry, people who are in other unions that are will be affected by this.”

Aspartame officially labeled as possible carcinogen

The WHO’s cancer agency has officially deemed the sweetener aspartame a possible cause of cancer. Aspartame is used in a variety of foods including Diet Coke, chewing gum and desserts. It’s also an ingredient in tabletop sweeteners like Equal and NutraSweet.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer based its conclusion that aspartame is a possible carcinogen on studies in human and animals. The agency found limited evidence that the sweetener may be linked to liver cancer.

In a separate study by another WHO group, it was reaffirmed that aspartame remains safe when consumed below certain daily levels. They say people can safely consume 40 milligrams of aspartame per kilogram of body weight per day. That’s the equivalent of an average adult drinking up to 14 cans of diet soda a day.

MyPillow loses $100 million in revenue, holds auction

MyPillow has begun auctioning off more than 700 pieces of company equipment, ranging from forklifts to office desks and cubicles. MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a vocal supporter of Former President Donald Trump, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune his company lost $100 million in revenue due to big retailers halting sales of the company’s products.

Walmart, Kohls, H-E-B and Wayfair are some of the big name retailers who dropped MyPillow products.

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CHAT GPT HAS BEEN ORDERED BY A GOVERNMENT AGENCY TO TURN OVER ITS RECORDS RELATED TO CONSUMER PROTECTIONS.
WHAT CONCERNS ARE TOP OF LIST IN THE FTC’S INVESTIGATION.
AND —
THE W-H-O OFFICIALLY RELEASES THEIR REPORT ON HOW SAFE IT IS TO CONSUME AN ARTIFICIAL SWEETENER FOUND IN POPULAR DIET DRINKS —
AND ITS POSSIBLE LINK TO CANCER.
THE RUNDOWN STARTS NOW.
THIS IS STRAIGHT-ARROW NEWS.
BRINGING YOU UNBIASED, STRAIGHT FACTS.
TODAY IS FRIDAY — JULY 14TH.
THANKS FOR JOINING US.
I’M KARAH RUCKER.
THE FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION IS INVESTIGATING WHETHER OPEN-A-I’S CHAT GPT IS HARMFUL TO IT’S CONSUMERS —
LOOKING INTO WHETHER FALSE INFORMATION IS BEING GENERATED ABOUT THEM —
OR WHETHER THEIR PERSONAL INFORMATION COULD POTENTIALLY BE AT RISK.
THE FEDERAL AGENCY WILL DIG INTO THE COMPANY’S PRIVACY SAFEGUARDS AND DATA SECURITY PRACTICES.
THE CEO OF OPEN A-I SAID ITS TECHNOLOGY IS SAFE TO USE — AND THEY ARE CONFIDENT THE GOVERNMENT WATCHDOG WILL SEE THEY **ARE FOLLOWING THE LAW.
MANY QUESTIONS LINGER ON HOW GOVERNMENTS AROUND THE WORLD WILL RESPOND TO A GROWING FIELD OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE.
WHILE HERE IN THE U.S. TALKS OF POTENTIAL REGULATION ARE STILL FLOATING AROUND CAPITOL HILL —
CHINA HAS TAKEN A MAJOR STEP IN OVERSEEING THE POWERFUL TECHNOLOGY.
CHINA’S TOP INTERNET WATCHDOG UNVEILED A SET OF NEW RULES ON THURSDAY THAT WILL APPLY TO A-I BEGINNING AUGUST 15TH.
COMPANIES WILL HAVE TO BE LICENSED TO OPERATE AND REGISTER ANY A-I ALGORITHMS WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNIST PARTY GOVERNMENT —
ITS AI SERVICES IN CHINA MUST ALSO ADHERE TO THE “CORE VALUES OF SOCIALISM.”
CHINA BECOMES ONE OF THE FIRST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD TO IMPOSE AI REGULATIONS.

WALL STREET JOURNAL REPORTER “EVAN GERSHKOVICH” HAS BEEN DETAINED IN RUSSIA FOR MORE THAN 100 DAYS ON “ESPIONAGE CHARGES” —
ALLEGATIONS THAT HE, HIS EMPLOYER, AND THE U.S. GOVERNMENT HAVE SAID ARE FALSE.
PRESIDENT BIDEN WAS ASKED BY THE PRESS ABOUT THE IDEA OF A POTENTIAL PRISONER SWAP IN ORDER TO FREE THE JAILED JOURNALIST.
HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY.
“I’m serious about a prisoner exchange. I’m serious about doing what we can to free Americans being illegally held in Russia or anywhere else, for that matter. And that process is underway.”
THE U.S. SAID THOSE TALKS ARE ALREADY UNDERWAY — BUT CAUTIONS THERE HASN’T BEEN A CLEAR PATHWAY TO A RESOLUTION.
PAUL WHELAN IS ALSO CONSIDERED WRONGFULLY DETAINED IN RUSSIA —
SOMEONE LEFT BEHIND IN THE LAST HIGH-PROFILE PRISONER EXCHANGE THE U.S. AND RUSSIA CONDUCTED TO RELEASE WNBA STAR BRITTNEY GRINER.
GERSHKOVICH COULD FACE UP TO A 20 YEAR SENTENCE —
WHERE RUSSIA IS KNOWN FOR HARSH PRISON CAMPS AND CONDITIONS.

THE RUSSIAN BASED WAGNER MERCENARY GROUP ‘SIMPLY DOESN’T EXIST’ ACCORDING TO RUSSIAN PRESIDENT VLADYMIR PUTIN.
PUTIN CAME TO THIS CONCLUSION BY SAYING “THERE IS NO LAW ON PRIVATE MILITARY ORGANIZATIONS, IT SIMPLY DOESN’T EXIST.”
THIS COMES AS THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENCE NOTES A SUSPENSION OF ACTIVITY OF WAGNER FORCES ON THE UKRAINIAN FRONTLINE.
PUTIN SAYS HE OFFERED THE WAGNER MERCENARIES A CHANCE TO **CONTINUE SERVING** AFTER THEIR FAILED MUTINY.
REVEALED EARLIER THIS WEEK —
PUTIN MET WITH RUSSIAN MERCENARY GROUP’S COMMANDERS AND HAD THEM PLEDGE LOYALTY.
ACCORDING TO THE RUSSIAN DEFENCE MINISTRY, THE WAGNER FORCES ARE COMPLETING THE HANDOVER OF THEIR WEAPONS TO THE RUSSIAN MILITARY.

JUST HOURS AGO — TENS OF THOUSANDS OF ACTORS OFFICIALLY BEGAN STRIKING AFTER A STRIKE WAS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED BY HOLLYWOOD’S LARGEST UNION.
WHILE THE WORK STOPPAGE OFFICIALLY BEGAN AT MIDNIGHT — SIGNS OF A STRIKE COULD ALREADY BE SEEN YESTERDAY — WITH THE CAST OF THE UPCOMING FILM “OPPENHEIMER” WALKING OUT OF THE FILM’S LONDON PREMIERE.
THE ACTORS — REPRESENTED BY THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD — AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS — NOW JOIN THE WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA IN A STRIKE THAT IS NOW OVER 200-THOUSAND PEOPLE STRONG.
THE DOUBLE-BARRELED STRIKE IS EXPECTED TO SHUT DOWN THE SMALL NUMBER OF PRODUCTIONS THAT CONTINUED SHOOTING DURING THE WRITERS STRIKE.
“We really didn’t want to strike. We extended an unprecedented amount of time to avert a strike because it’s not lost on us how this will impact not only our members, but people who service our industry, people who are in other unions that are will be affected by this.”}

AND NOW TO AN UPDATE TO A STORY THE RUNDOWN REPORTED ON LAST MONTH.
THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION’S CANCER AGENCY HAS DEEMED THE SWEETENER ASPARTAME AS A “POSSIBLE” CAUSE OF CANCER.
ASPARTAME, USED IN A VARIETY OF FOODS INCLUDING DIET COKE, CHEWING GUM AND DESSERTS, IS ALSO AN INGREDIENT IN TABLETOP SWEETENERS LIKE EQUAL AND NUTRASWEET.
THE INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER BASED ITS CONCLUSION THAT ASPARTAME IS A POSSIBLE CARCINOGENIC ON STUDIES IN HUMANS AND ANIMALS. IT FOUND LIMITED EVIDENCE THAT THE SWEETENER MAY BE LINKED TO LIVER CANCER.
“The category one is carcinogen. That’s where smoking is, and then we have to 2a and 2b, so probable carcinogen and possible. So it is a lower level category, but it prompts the WHO to do studies of what the risk is.”
IN A SEPARATE STUDY BY ANOTHER W-H-O GROUP, IT WAS REAFFIRMED THAT ASPARTAME REMAINS SAFE WHEN CONSUMED BELOW CERTAIN DAILY LEVELS.
THEY SAY PEOPLE CAN SAFELY CONSUME 40 MILLIGRAMS OF ASPARTAME PER KILOGRAM OF BODY WEIGHT PER DAY – THAT’S THE EQUIVALENT OF AN AVERAGE ADULT DRINKING UP TO 14 CANS OF DIET SODA A DAY.

MYPILLOW IS AUCTIONING OFF MORE THAN 700 PIECES OF ITS EQUIPMENT — RANGING FROM FORKLIFTS TO OFFICE DESKS AND CUBICLES.
MY PILLOW CEO MIKE LINDELL — A VOCAL SUPPORTER OF FORMER PRESIDENT TRUMP — TOLD THE “MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE” THE AUCTION COMES AFTER MYPILLOW LOST 100 MILLION DOLLARS IN REVENUE DUE TO BIG RETAILERS HALTING SALES OF THE COMPANY’S PRODUCTS.
WHICH HE BLAMED ON “CANCEL CULTURE.”
WALMART, KOHLS, H-E-B, AND WAYFAIR ARE SOME OF THE COMPANIES WHO DROPPED HIS PRODUCTS.
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