MARCH 18, 2024By JOEL SIMON Around the time that ChatGPT began to hallucinate, Eugene Volokh had a moment of clarity. When the noted First Amendment scholar and UCLA Law professor ran some queries about newsworthy individuals in March 2023, ChatGPT generated answers that were both false and defamatory. Specifically, ChatGPT claimed that a public figure, whom Volokh identifies only as R.R., had pleaded guilty to wire fraud, a false allegation that it backed up with an invented Reuters quote. Under a second series of prompts, ChatGPT falsely claimed that several law professors had been accused of sexual harassment. “I started wondering: What