Baidu sued Apple for failing to remove fake Ernie chatbots from the App Store

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Chinese IT giant Baidu has filed lawsuits against developers of fake chatbot app Ernie and Apple for not removing the apps from the app store. Baidu, who have yet to release their real Ernie product, warns against purchasing third-party access codes, and any Ernie apps currently in the app store are fake. There are at least four fake Ernie apps in the app store with Citigroup noting Ernie is an imperfect product but copes well with tricky questions. Apple has not responded to news of the lawsuits.

Baidu sued Apple for failing to remove fake Ernie chatbots from the App Store

The Chinese IT giant Baidu has filed lawsuits in the Beijing Haidian People’s Court against the developers of apps with a fake chatbot Ernie and Apple, which does not remove these apps from the App Store, Reuters reports. As noted by the company, Ernie does not currently have an official application. Any app with Ernie published on the App Store or other app stores is fake.

In the middle of March of this year, Baidu presented to the public its own analogue of ChatGPT – the chat bot Ernie or Ernie Bot. It has not yet been released to the general public, testing and use is on request. Soon, experts from Citigroup, who got access to the work, said that Ernie is still an imperfect product, but it copes with answers to complex and absurd questions.

There are currently at least four fake Ernie apps published in the App Store. Baidu also warns against purchasing third-party access codes for testing the chatbot. Testing can be accessed directly from the company upon request.

Apple did not respond to a request from Reuters.

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