Lee Luda, the social media chatbot developed by Scatter Lab was removed from Facebook messenger this week.
Built to emulate a 20-year-old Korean university student, was removed after engaging in homophobic slurs on social media.
The Korean startup Scatter Lab said on Monday that it would temporarily suspend the AI chatbot.
“We deeply apologise over the discriminatory remarks against minorities. That does not reflect the thoughts of our company and we are continuing the upgrades so that such words of discrimination or hate speech do not recur,” the company said in a statement quoted by the Yonhap news agency.
Scatter Lab said the chatbot would reappear after the firm had fixed its weaknesses.