The Irish Times has said a review is underway, after claims an opinion piece may have been generated by Artificial Intelligence.
The piece, entitled 'Irish women’s obsession with fake tan is problematic', talked about the issues with Irish woman's use of fake tan, and potential implications for the Latina community.
The article was said to be written by Adriana Acosta-Cortez, a woman from Ecuador living in Dublin.
However a number of social media users claimed the author's photograph was actually artificially generated.
Might be wrong about this but something seems really off about the author photo that ran with this Irish Times fake tan article. @keyes and I ran it through a few AI checkers and results are.... https://t.co/3KYQKleYZ8 pic.twitter.com/ZsNqtuLIFN
— Rosanna Cooney (@RosannaCooney) May 12, 2023
In a statement issued Saturday, the newspaper said the article was taken down from its website after it "became aware" the piece "may not have been genuine."
"On Friday, The Irish Times became aware that an article published online under the headline ‘Irish women’s obsession with fake tan is problematic’ may not have been genuine," the statement said.
"The story has been removed from irishtimes.com, and a review has been initiated," it added.
The Irish Times website features a similar statement under the heading: 'Corrections & Clarifications'.