Anne Hoffmann, now former editor-in-chief of the German weekly Die Aktuelle, lost her job after publishing a fake AI-generated “interview” with Michael Schumacher.
The family of the seven-time world champion said they would sue Die Aktuelle, but the publisher Funke Mediengruppe immediately took action: Hoffmann, who had been chairman of the editorial board since 2009, was fired.
“Such a distasteful and misleading publication should not have appeared,” Funke managing director Bianca Pohlmann said in a statement. “It falls short of the journalistic standard our readers expect from a publisher like ours.
Immediate action was taken in response to this article: Anne Hoffmann, editor-in-chief of Die Aktuelle, was relieved of her position today.”
Of course, the Funke Mediengruppe press release also includes an official apology to Michael Schumacher’s family.
Source: F1 News
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