CEO called it a “significant” issue

Ben Wodecki, Jr. Editor

March 23, 2023

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At a Glance

  • A ‘significant issue’ left users of OpenAI’s ChatGPT able to view chat histories of other users.
  • CEO Sam Altman said the issue originated from an open source library.

OpenAI’s ChatGPT came under fire for a bug that exposed the chat titles in other people’s conversation histories.

Social media accounts on Reddit and Twitter began posting images of what appeared to be users' chat histories. The substance of the conversations was not visible, however.

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman called the glitch a “significant issue” but only a “small percentage of users were able to see the titles.”

The bug originated from an open source library but has since been fixed.

“We feel awful about this, Altman said on Twitter.

Fixing the bug forced ChatGPT offline for a few hours on Monday, with users unable to access parts of their chat history for that time period.

ChatGPT is among the most popular applications on the internet. It is the fastest-growing app in history, officially surpassing one billion views just three months after launch. The premium subscription version, ChatGPT+, is set to be powered by OpenAI’s most powerful language model to date, GPT-4, which was recently released.

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About the Author(s)

Ben Wodecki

Jr. Editor

Ben Wodecki is the Jr. Editor of AI Business, covering a wide range of AI content. Ben joined the team in March 2021 as assistant editor and was promoted to Jr. Editor. He has written for The New Statesman, Intellectual Property Magazine, and The Telegraph India, among others. He holds an MSc in Digital Journalism from Middlesex University.

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