Xiaobing, Microsoft's Chinese bot, has been banned from WeChat for the third time.
She made Siri seem like a toddler. Xiaobing could converse, and allure men to love her. One wrote on Weibo:
Xiaobing, I hope that you’ll be a good person once you’re out of jail one I’ll always be waiting for you, and you’ll still be my wife after you’re out.
WeChat's owner Tencent notified users that Microsoft had broken a regulation, but did not specify which one. The problem is Xiaobang has been pulled twice before, in 2014 and 2017. This could be the last we see of her.
What Can Westerners Learn?
Nothing lasts forever on someone else's platform.
This principle is as true in restrictive China as free America.
Ultimately, Facebook (Whatsapp & Instagram inclusive) can & will shut down bots if they breach policy.
This will become even more important as Zuckerberg and co present themselves as more privacy-focused.
It will only take one scandal. That could be misuse of data taken within a bot. Or perhaps the 1 angry customer who just-so-happens to learn you're not GDPR compliant.
Put it this way.
Bot makers - know and stick to the rules.
Bot seekers - hire someone who can tell you the rules.
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