Oregon Republicans sue secretary of state for using AI to tag ‘election-related misinformation’

Republican lawmakers filed a lawsuit in December against the Oregon secretary of state’s office for using artificial intelligence to flag misinformation during the 2022 midterm elections, raising concerns about free speech violations. 

The former Oregon secretary of state hired Logically AI, a U.K. company, in 2022 as part of a pilot program with the goal of monitoring online MDM — mis-, dis-, and mal- information — narratives, including concerns over mail-in ballots and state election fraud, according to a bid solicitation posted by the secretary of state’s office.

Concerned state legislators wrote a letter to the secretary of state’s office, calling to discontinue using the AI system immediately.

“We have learned that the purpose of this system is to continually monitor and actively manipulate the free speech
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