Baidu warns fake copies of Ernie bot app on Apple’s app store

Search engine giant Baidu has filed lawsuits against relevant app developers and Apple over fake copies of its Ernie bot app available on Apple’s app store.
Baidu Ernie botLast month, Baidu launched its artificial intelligence powered Ernie bot in a bid to take on OpenAI’s chatbot ChatGPT.

Baidu said it lodged lawsuits in Beijing Haidian People’s Court against the developers behind the counterfeit applications of its Ernie bot and the Apple company.

“At present, Ernie does not have any official app,” Baidu said in a statement late on Friday posted on its official Baidu AI WeChat account.

It also posted a photograph of its court filing.

“Until our company’s official announcement, any Ernie app you see from App Store or other stores are fake,” Baidu said.

A Reuters search on Saturday found there were still at least four apps bearing the Chinese-language name of the Ernie bot, all fake, in Apple’s App Store.

The Ernie bot is only available to users who apply for and receive access codes. In its statement, Baidu also warned against people selling access codes.