The notable new chatbot feature from Snapchat is powered by ChatGPT, but with some key differences: users can customize the chatbot’s name, design a compatible custom Bitmoji avatar and feature it in conversations with friends, the latter of which is raising concerns among teens and parents.
It's worth noting that Snapchat was an early launch partner when OpenAI granted ChatGPT access to third-party businesses, with many more expected to follow suit. In addition, Snapchat has forced some families and lawmakers to consider questions that may have seemed theoretical only months ago.
Further, as a technology that has been trained on vast troves of online data, ChatGPT has previously come under fire for spreading inaccurate information, responding to users in inappropriate ways and enabling students to cheat. Snapchat’s integration of the tool risks heightening these issues, among others.