We all know they are here. We know Medium is getting inundated with AI-generated content.
How good are you at spotting it? I’m going to give you one tip that will help. Soon. Very soon. But first . . .
Did you know that Medium is not against AI content? I think it quite likes it, to be honest. The more articles, the more to read, the more money and all that. But the rules are clear: “We require that any story incorporating AI assistance be clearly labelled as such.”
I have reached out to the Medium helpdesk and asked if they could let us have a new button to report AI-generated content. I know I COULD hit the “Rules violation” button, but I want them to be sure exactly which violation I am reporting. The response was less than I had hoped for:
we don’t take any automatic actions against detected or suspected AI content, because there is no reliable system that is free of false positives.
So far, I haven’t found a single AI-generated article that has played by the rules and labelled the content correctly. So it is up to us.
The Genius Tip
The easiest, least time-consuming way to spot a Bot is in your comments section. The Bot will sound human but will precis your article.
Let me give you an example. I published a story yesterday entitled: “What to Do When Your Granny Says She Doesn’t Want Anything for Christmas”.
Here is a Bot response:
Annie, your insight into gift-giving for older loved ones is heartwarming and practical. Focusing on cherished memories rather than material possessions is a beautiful idea. Your son’s thoughtful gesture of sharing happy childhood memories is a reminder that the best gifts often come from the heart. Thanks for sharing this meaningful perspective!
You won’t be able to find it in my response column now, because I have blocked the Bot.
The advantage of spotting and blocking them in the comments section is that you don’t have to gift them a single cent by reading their work to check.