Google Account : Emily Dolson, a lecturer at the University of Michigan, spoke about the warning she received from Google’s artificial intelligence. She allegedly violated someone’s copyright by saving a text document in the Google Docs service, which contained only one character – “1”.
The woman needed such a document for educational purposes, and the warning came after she shared the file via the cloud with her students. Access to the file was denied to both her and other users. Dolson did not re-post it, fearing that the account would be blocked for repeated violation of someone else’s copyright.
After Dolson shared this story, other people remembered similar cases. They claim that copyright warnings come from saving documents with certain numbers in the range from -1000 to 1000, but no logic could be found in this.
It is not possible to challenge the issuance of a warning for such a violation, since this is not provided for by Google policy, and several warnings are likely to be followed by an account blocking, which also cannot be challenged.
In this case, the user will lose access not only to cloud storage, but also to Gmail, photos and videos in Google Photos, and to all other Google services.
In addition, the content of those users with whom the disputed file was shared can be subjected to verification, and if violations (for example, pirated programs in the cloud) are detected, their accounts can also be blocked.
A Google spokesperson responded to Dolson’s message and said that the company is aware of the problem and is looking into the causes of its occurrence.
According to the authors of the publication Bleeping Computer , Google algorithms do not trigger on specific numbers, but on the hash sums assigned to the file, which randomly match the hash sums of copyrighted materials.