Ben Mathis-Lilley from Slate penned a snide column last week suggesting that a statement released on Twitter by the “Office of Melania Trump” account could have been written by the artificial intelligence program Chatbot.
Last week, People magazine reported that “sources” claimed that Melania was “angry” at former President Donald Trump and “not comfortable” with participating in his campaign events because his previous affair with Stormy Daniels was once again in the news.
At the same time, the New York Post’s Page Six reported that sources said Melania and Trump “had a major talk over the weekend” and now she’s “agreed to be on board” with his campaign.
Likely in response to the two reports, the Office of Melania Trump tweeted a thread on Tuesday calling attention to news outlets making assumptions about Melania’s positions on issues that are “person, professional, and political” by using “unnamed sources.”
The thread asks that people use caution and “good judgment” to decide if the stories are accurate, especially “when they fail to cite Mrs. Trump as a source of information.”
According to Mathis-Lilley, the artificial intelligence detecting tool GPTZero determined that the statement in the thread was “likely” written by artificial intelligence while the ZeroGPT detecting tool said there is a 63 percent chance the statement was AI-generated.
However, the Crossplag detector said there is only a 15 percent chance the statement was AI-generated.
While it isn’t clear that Melania’s staffers used a text-generation program to write this statement, Mathis-Lilly suggested that it wouldn’t surprise him if they did since Melania has a history of putting her name “on less-than-original work.”
Mathis-Lilly cites Melania’s speech at the 2016 Republican National Convention, which he claims featured lines taken from the speech Michelle Obama had given at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.
Additionally, Mathis-Lilly notes that BuzzFeed busted then-First Lady Trump in 2018 for claiming co-authorship of a Federal Trade Commission booklet on cyberbullying that was nearly identical to a booklet released in 2014.