OpenAI has announced a comprehensive plan to safeguard the integrity of elections and combat election interference on its platforms. This plan includes measures to prevent the creation of chatbots that impersonate real candidates or governments, misrepresent voting processes [3], or discourage voting [3]. OpenAI also aims to address issues such as misleading deepfakes, scaled influence operations [1], and chatbots impersonating candidates [1]. Additionally, OpenAI plans to enhance transparency by digitally watermarking AI images to ensure their authenticity.


As part of their plan, OpenAI will ban the creation of chatbots that impersonate real candidates or governments [2] [3] [4], misrepresent voting processes [3], or discourage voting [3]. They will also refrain from allowing applications for political campaigning or lobbying until further research is conducted on the persuasive power of their technology [2] [3] [4]. OpenAI recognizes the need for safeguards against AI-generated content and intends to digitally watermark AI images to identify their origin and ensure their authenticity.

To improve access to authoritative voting information [1], OpenAI is collaborating with the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]. Their AI chatbot [5], ChatGPT [1] [5], will guide users to CanIVoteorg [5], the authoritative website on US voting information [5], when asked questions about the election [5]. OpenAI also promises to provide users with greater transparency by offering real-time global news reporting and the ability to report potential violations while using the platform.

OpenAI’s efforts in preventing abuse and misinformation ahead of the US Presidential Election in November will serve as a valuable learning experience, informing their approach in other countries and regions [5]. The effectiveness of OpenAI’s measures will depend on implementation and voluntary adoption by other AI firms [3]. Close monitoring with a tight feedback loop will be necessary to address any issues that may arise.


OpenAI’s comprehensive plan to protect the integrity of elections and combat election interference demonstrates their commitment to ensuring fair and transparent democratic processes. By banning the creation of deceptive chatbots, addressing deepfake and influence operation concerns, and collaborating with authoritative sources, OpenAI aims to mitigate the risks associated with AI-generated content. The success of their efforts will rely on the implementation of these measures and the cooperation of other AI firms. OpenAI’s approach will not only impact the upcoming US Presidential Election but also inform their strategies in other countries and regions, contributing to the global fight against election interference.