Sources say Reddit is discussing data payment with AI giants and will block search engine crawlers if negotiations break down
Social Q&A website Reddit has met with a series of generative AI giants to discuss paying for the use of data, the Washington Post reported on Friday local time.
However, if the two parties cannot reach an agreement and the negotiations break down, Reddit will consider banning crawlers from search engines such as Google and Bing from obtaining content from the platform . This will force users to actively use and log into Reddit to get the information they want.
Later, the "Washington Post" corrected some details of the report: Reddit denied the statement in the above report that "users need to be forced to log in to the platform to view content." As for "blocking search engine crawlers," the official Not denied. The source also said, "Reddit can survive without search."
Before Reddit considered doing so, more than 535 news organizations had taken a similar approach: equipped with "interceptors" to deal with generative AI, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, and Reuters. The move is to prevent its content from being harvested and used to train AI chatbots, such as OpenAI’s ChatGPT .
However, the Associated Press announced a licensing agreement with OpenAI in July, and OpenAI obtained a license to use AP reporting content as AI model training data.
According to previous reports, the New York Times considered suing OpenAI in August this year because OpenAI used articles and pictures from the New York Times to train its AI model, which violated the New York Times's terms of service. If the lawsuit is successful, OpenAI may suffer huge losses, including deletion of its data sets and heavy fines.