Because of that, people are forced to come up with something generic to say in their first few exchanges, which leads to d.bot-like behavior.
I and other women I enlisted tried out to see what exactly this fake dude was all about.
Hints of these experiences lie in d.bot’s microaggressions, including “Where are you from? Chin said submitting her own has been cathartic, and she's hoping that aspect of the project will grow. Instagrams like @byefelipe and the aforementioned @tindernightmares receive hundreds of submissions showing messages men have sent women.
In October, Mia Matsumiya entered the spotlight for her Instagram @perv_magnet, where she posts all the sexist and racist messages she’s saved over the course of a decade to call out online harassment. “I want my account to be a place where women can commiserate and men to just learn what women can experience online." The creators were partly interested in creating this chatbot to get at the “subtly chauvinistic or subtly prejudiced comments,” which Collinsworth said are less explored and just as important to acknowledge as the outrageous ones.
“I think we were almost jokingly talking about what kind of person could we emulate who doesn’t necessarily listen to what a person is typing to them, kind of used a bunch of pre-canned lines all the time and would kind of reflect a certain type of behavior,” Collinsworth told .
The chatbot is connected to a database with more than 100 responses.
He started off the conversation with, “Aren’t you going to say hi?
” I responded politely but cautiously with a “hey.” He told me I had a pretty name, and then he asked me what I do for fun.
The creators’ hope is that people can engage with long enough to bridge the gap between the two.If more than two responses are a good fit, or if no responses work, will randomize one.And the creators say this isn’t that unrealistic because, well, a person like this is usually half-listening to you anyway.For men, it's a chance to see what it's like on the other side.These conversations aren't new experiences, nor do they happen only in online spaces, but they have become more visible with the proliferation of dating apps and research studying online harassment.