Chinese Chatbots BabyQ and XiaoBing have been removed from messaging app QQ for going rogue and replying to questions posed by users with unpatriotic and anti-government responses.
Users of China's version of Twitter, Sina Weibo, posted screenshots of their conversations with the bots. In one such post, a user asks BabyQ, "Do you love the Communist Party?" for which the bot replied, "No", reported the Telegraph.
Another user said, "Long Live the Communist Party" to the bot which in turn responded with a, "Do you think such corrupt and incapable politics can last a long time?"
When questioned about its thoughts on democracy, BabyQ said that "Democracy is a must!"
XiaoBing was then asked about what its "Chinese dream" was, to which it answered, "My Chinese dream is to go to America." The "Chinese Dream" is a catchphrase that became popular when Xi Jinping, the President of China used it to promote communism in the country.
In another instance, the bot reportedly gave an even more cryptic response to the Chinese dream question by saying, "The Chinese dream is a daydream and a nightmare."
Following this incident, Tencent, the company that runs the messaging app, removed the bots from their services. In a statement made to the Telegraph, Tencent said that the group chatbot services of QQ were provided by an independent third -party supplier and not them directly.
"We are now working on adjusting the service, and it will be resumed after these adjustments are concluded," the company said.
The Chinese government does not take too kindly to sentiments that are anti establishment and is known to practice heavy censorship. Even searches and social media posts are reportedly monitored and blocked immediately.
China is infamously stringent about their internet laws, recently announcing that VPNs and proxies will be unavailable for use by the Chinese population from February of 2018.
According to Freedom House, a human rights organisation, China was found to be the "worst abuser of internet freedom" for the second consecutive year. Many Western services including Google, Facebook and YouTube remain blocked in the country.
The government even had a plan to block online gaming last year.