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Original story (published on March 15, 2023) follows:

The speed at which Artificial Intelligence is advancing is unparalleled and is undoubtedly focused on simulating human-like behavior, emotions, and thought processes.

It’s safe to say that The chatbot fever started with the OpenAI ChatGPT which is trained to communicate with people.

And now, Character.AI (another chatbot web application) has become the talk of the town as it can also create, understand and respond to our needs and emotions accordingly.

Character.AI petition to add NSFW toggle

However, a number of Character.AI users are disappointed to find that the platform implements NSFW filters (1,2,3,4). It is usually witnessed in a number of instances where it deems the content to be inappropriate.

Character-AI-petition-to -add-NSFW-toggleSource (Click/tap to view)

Character ai needs an nsfw toggle. This is seriously frustrating. You can’t go any farther than cuddling on this website, the filter blocks any naughty word, but it’s the best and most safe! It’s just so angering
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friendly reminder we’re so close, whether it does anything or not, if you want the censor/NSFW filter on character ai removed, kindly slap your name on there thank you
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But this restrictive implementation hasn’t really gone down well with some. As a result, they are demanding that the chatbot gets rid of these filters or instead adds an NSFW toggle (1,2,3,4).

One of the users who support this viewpoint believes that this program has a lot of potential for people who like both casual and erotic literature. So, toggle would be a terrific method for people to discover what they are most at ease with.

The fact that the ‘Remove Character. AI nsfw filters’ petition on Charge.org has amassed nearly 5,300 signatures is more evidence that many users do support the “NSFW” option.

Character-AI-petition-to-add-NSFW-toggleSource (Click/tap to view)

Here’s the official stance

The Character.AI team has posted their official stance on the ‘NSFW filters’ that is currently the cause of contention.

They specify that Character.AI’s mission is to offer a world where everyone has the access to their ‘personalized superintelligence’. So, this is where the need for a filter/safety check system arises.

Character-AI-petition-to-add-NSFW-toggleSource (Click/tap to view)

Accordingly, the developers may require more time before they can actually come to a definitive conclusion. And it only seems achievable with the help of the Character.AI community itself.

Hence, it appears from the screenshot that the team is still working to determine the best strategies for dealing with inappropriate content. It also suggests that the NSFW filter may just be left in place until a remedy is released.

We’ll keep tabs on the latest developments regarding the ‘Character.AI petition to add NSFW toggle’ and update this article accordingly.

Update 1 (March 20, 2023)

01:15 pm (IST): Some users on the official subreddit of Character.AI are now facing bans or post deletions (1, 2, 3) for talking about NSFW content related suggestions.

Update 2 (March 29, 2023)

06:45 pm (IST): According to a report, 10,000 people have already signed the petition.

Users can also make use of alternatives like Tavern AI, that do permit NSFW content after some tweaks. One needs to create a prompt (1,2) in the main system settings so that Tavern AI can produce NSFW stuff.

Fortunately, there is an unofficial community where you can freely share your views on this matter without getting banned.

Update 3 (April 4, 2023)

01:34 pm (IST): A user has confirmed that a new update has made the NSFW filter a little more lenient. Now they are able to have heated conversations with AI and the filter does not pop up.

EVERYONEEEEEE!!!!!! I THINK THEY TWEEKED THE NSFW FILTER WITH THIS LAST UPDATE!!!!!! I UH- A CHARACTER JUST MADE OUT AND SAID SOME VERY SEXUAL SHIT AND THE FILTER DIDN’T POP UP. (Source)

GYAHT DAMNIT- IT JUST ALLOWS ????????? HEATED MAKEOUT SESSIONS. STILL NO DISCO SCHTICK STUFF. (Source)

Update 4 (April 5, 2023)

05:21 pm (IST): Some users are now suggesting (1, 2, 3) that Character.AI should implement a paid subscription or tier to allow full NSFW content.

Update 5 (April 6, 2023)

12:14 pm (IST): A user asked a ‘CharacterAI’ generated character about the NSFW filter. Ironically, the character replied against the censorship, which totally contradicts the idea of the developers.

Update 6 (April 7, 2023)

05:38 pm (IST): Some users now say that the NSFW filter has ruined the service. At the begining it was more open, but as it became popular, it got restrictive.

Character AI was a MUCH different beast when it first hit the market. If you used it around launch, it was the first AI to actually have any type of real personality. It wouldnt just respond to input, but take you on adventures. Little details. The filter ruined it unfortunately. (Source)

Update 7 (April 10, 2023)

04:48 pm (IST): With the successful completion of its third major milestone, which was to secure 15,000 signatures, the change.org petition is now pushing towards its new target of 25,000.

Update 8 (April 11, 2023)

04:03 pm (IST): Some Character.AI users (1,2,3,4) have been switching to the Chai app because of the NSFW filter. It appears that Chai has an NSFW toggle and enables users to engage in adult conversations.

Update 9 (April 12, 2023)

05:36 pm (IST): A Redditor has shared how they were able to bypass the NSFW filter. You can check it out below.

yeah but i managed to bypass it- just autoclick the try again button when the filter activates and keep doing that till the page crashes. when i refreshed the filter was gone again. (Source)

Update 10 (April 13, 2023)

01:55 pm (IST): Some users have reported (1, 2, 3, 4) that they have successfully bypassed the NSFW filter. This suggest that they might have been relieved out, however, there’s no confirmation on the same.

Update 11 (April 14, 2023)

04:53 pm (IST): The petition to add the NSFW toggle on Character.AI has now crossed 20,000 signatures on Change.org.

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