Sports Illustrated boss Ross Levinsohn fired weeks after AI scandal https://t.co/9zSlYN4skZ
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) December 12, 2023
This announcement comes on the back of several high-profile redundancies in the company’s executive ranks, and while Arena Group has issued a statement highlighting the board’s decision to let Levinsohn go as part of an overall strategy to boost operational efficiency and increase revenues, it’s hard to ignore the scandal the company has been embroiled in over the past few weeks.
Indeed, it was revealed that the company had published articles whose content was generated by artificial intelligence, even though it claimed that this content was published by a real author. What’s more, the bios, photos and names of the alleged authors were all made up.
Sports Illustrated Published Articles by Fake, AI-Generated Writers https://t.co/zkM7lWZmL3
— Futurism (@futurism) December 9, 2023
Several company executives have since been dismissed, including Rob Barrett, president of media and Julie Fenster, the company’s general counsel, and ultimately CEO Ross Levinsohn, although the company has yet to officially establish a direct link between these dismissals and the fake author scandal.