Exclusive: OpenAI Used Kenyan Workers on Less Than $2 Per Hour to Make ChatGPT Less Toxic

TIME (01/18/2023)
  • In late 2021, ChatGPT creator OpenAI hired San Francisco-based Sama which paid workers in Kenya $2/hr to make ChatGPT less toxic.
  • The Kenyan workers were responsible for training ChatGPT’s AI-powered safety mechanism by labelling pulled data as violent, hate speech and/or sexual abuse.
  • While workers received salaries ($240/month) above local averages, some experienced trauma from constantly viewing graphic content.
  • While the contract was lucrative (OpenAi paid $12.50/hr), Sama terminated the partnership in February 2022 claiming it hadn’t agreed to collect illegal content.