Sports Illustrated publisher fires CEO after allegedly getting caught using AI-generated articles

The CEO is one of several executives to be fired in the wake of the scandal

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Sports Illustrated is perhaps best known for its yearly swimsuit editions
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The publisher of Sports Illustrated announced Monday that it had fired its CEO, Ross Levinsohn. The parting of ways comes after a scandal in which the iconic sports magazine allegedly published AI-generated content from fake authors.

A spokesperson for The Arena Group, which publishes Sports Illustrated as well as lifestyle brands like Men's Journal and Parade, declined to specify why Levinsohn had been fired, saying the decision was made to "improve the operational efficiency and revenue of the company." However, Levinsohn's termination comes weeks after an investigation by tech website Futurism alleged that Sports Illustrated had published articles from authors generated by artificial intelligence

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