Following the publication of an 'interview' with former Formula One champion Michael Schumacher that was generated by artificial intelligence, the publishers of a German magazine have taken action by removing the editor responsible for the piece. In addition, the magazine has issued an apology to Schumacher's family for any distress that may have been caused.

Iran PressEurope: Seven-times world champion Schumacher, now 54, has not been seen in public since he suffered a serious brain injury in a skiing accident on a family holiday in the French Alps in December 2013.

His family said this week that they were planning legal action against the weekly magazine Die Aktuelle, owned by the Essen-based Funke media group.

Funke apologized in a statement on their website

"This tasteless and misleading article should never have appeared. It in no way meets the standards of journalism that we – and our readers – expect from a publisher like Funke," said Funke magazines managing director Bianca Pohlmann.

"As a result of the publication of this article, immediate personnel consequences will be drawn.

"Die Aktuelle editor-in-chief Anne Hoffmann, who has held journalistic responsibility for the paper since 2009, will be relieved of her duties as of today."


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