Snapchat's My AI posted without permission

Kerem Gülen
Aug 16, 2023
Updated • Aug 16, 2023

On Snapchat, users recently noticed that the platform's AI, known as My AI, experienced some glitches on Tuesday night. This AI, after having posted a peculiar Story to its profile, deviated from its usual behavior, leading to concerns among users.

Launched globally earlier this year, My AI is Snapchat's response to a more personalized chatbot, designed to simulate friend-like interactions.

This chatbot not only offers recommendations on places to visit or Lenses to explore but also interacts with the Snaps sent by users.

However, in a twist of events, the AI began replying with a repetitive default message to all queries: "Sorry, I encountered a technical issue ?".

On Snapchat, users recently observed some anomalies with the platform's AI, My AI. Beyond its unusual responses in chats, My AI also posted a unique Story on its profile – a rare occurrence given it was its first and only such post.

Media outlet Mashable attempted to view this elusive Story, but it had already been removed. Nevertheless, video snippets shared by Snapchat users on other social platforms revealed that the Story had a brief runtime of just about one second. The visual depicted a flat beige expanse with the upper section showcasing another light, flat shade. This led to widespread speculation among users, with many hypothesizing it might be a representation of a wall meeting a ceiling.

Why did AI post on Snapchat?

Snap's official stance on the matter came shortly after, with a spokesperson acknowledging that My AI did face a temporary outage. They assured users that the issue had been promptly addressed and rectified.

Snapchat users continued to encounter intermittent challenges with My AI even after the purported resolution. For a period, the AI chatbot responded to several user messages with a message stating, "Hey, I'm a bit busy at the moment. Can we catch up later? ?".

This left some users perplexed, given the chatbot's primary function is instantaneous interaction. However, this brief disruption didn't last long. Many users soon found that My AI was fully operational again, enabling them to probe the AI about its earlier, unusual Story post.

Don’t trust AI yet

Snapchat's recent encounters with its AI anomalies underscore a broader truth about the world of advanced technologies.

Regardless of the strides we've made in the development of artificial intelligence, these systems, at their core, are intricate mosaics of software and code. Just like any other technological creation, they come with their fair share of vulnerabilities, encompassing glitches, errors, and inherent limitations.

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As AI continues to intertwine with our daily lives, it's imperative to approach with a balanced perspective. While they promise efficiency and innovation, it's wise to remember their potential pitfalls. Blind reliance on them, especially for tasks of great significance or sensitivity, may not always yield the outcomes we anticipate.


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  1. bruh said on August 18, 2023 at 1:25 pm

    Uhh, this has already been possible – I am not sure how but remember my brother telling me about it. I’m not a whatsapp user so not sure of the specifics, but something about sending the image as a file and somehow bypassing the default compression settings that are applied to inbound photos.

    He has also used this to share movies to whatsapp groups, and files 1Gb+.

    Like I said, I never used whatsapp, but I know 100% this isn’t a “brand new feature”, my brother literally showed me him doing it, like… 5 months ago?

  2. 💥 said on August 18, 2023 at 3:55 pm

    Martin, what happened to those: 12 Comments ( Is there a specific justifiable reason why they were deleted?

    Hmm, it looks like the gHacks website database is faulty, and not populating threads with their relevant cosponsoring posts.

  3. 45 RPM said on August 19, 2023 at 6:29 pm

    The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk that it’s about to be deleted from my ‘daily reads’.

    It’s really like “Press Release as re-written by some d*ck for clicks…poorly.” And the subjects are laughable. Can’t wait for “How to search for files on Windows”.

    1. owl said on August 20, 2023 at 12:51 am

      > The page on ghacks this is on represents the best of why it has become so worthless, fill of click-bait junk…

      Sadly, I have to agree.

      Only Martin and Ashwin are worth subscribing to.
      Especially Emre Çitak and Shaun are the worst ones.

      If intended “Clickbait”, it would mark the end of Ghacks Technology News.
      Ghacks doesn’t need crappy clickbaits. Clearly separate articles from newer authors (perhaps AIs and external sales person or external advertising man) as just “Advertisements”!

      We, the subscribers of Ghacks, urge Martin to make a decision.

  4. chessandonions said on August 20, 2023 at 12:40 am

    because nevermore wants to “monetize” on every aspect of human life…

  5. Frank Rizzo said on August 20, 2023 at 11:52 pm

    “Threads” is like the Walmart of Social Media.

  6. Ashray said on August 21, 2023 at 4:06 pm

    How hard can it be to clone a twitter version of that as well? They’re slow.

  7. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Yes, why not mention how large the HD files can be?
    Why, not mention what version of WhatsApp is needed?
    These omissions make the article feel so bare. If not complete.

    1. Paul(us) said on August 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Sorry posted on the wrong page.

  8. Marc said on August 21, 2023 at 6:00 pm

    such a long article for such a simple matter. Worthless article ! waste of time

  9. plusminus_ said on August 21, 2023 at 7:54 pm

    I already do this by attaching them via the ‘Document’ option.

  10. John G. said on August 21, 2023 at 11:43 pm

    I don’t know what’s going on here at Ghacks but it’s obvious that something is broken, comments are being mixed whatever the article, I am unable to find some of my later posts neither. :S

  11. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Quoting the article,
    “As users gain popularity, the value of their tokens may increase, allowing investors to reap rewards.”

    Besides, beyond the thrill and privacy risks or not, the point is to know how you gain popularity, be it on social sites as everywhere in life. Is it by being authentic, by remaining faithful to ourselves or is it to have this particular skill which is to understand what a majority likes, just like politicians, those who’d deny to the maximum extent compatible with their ideological partnership, in order to grab as many of the voters they can?

    I see the very concept of this as unhealthy, propagating what is already an increasing flaw : the quest for fame. I won’t be the only one to count himself out, definitely.

    1. Tom Hawack said on August 23, 2023 at 2:34 pm

      @John G. is right : my comment was posted on [] and it appears there but as well here at []

      This has been lasting for several days. Fix it or at least provide some explanations if you don’t mind.

  12. Tom said on August 24, 2023 at 11:53 am

    > Google Chrome is following in Safari’s footsteps by introducing a new feature that allows users to move the Chrome address bar to the bottom of the screen, enhancing user accessibility and interaction.

    Firefox did this long before Safari.

  13. Mavoy said on September 16, 2023 at 2:17 pm

    Basically they’ll do anything except fair royalties.

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