According to a report from The Washington Post, Reddit may block Google and Bing’s search crawlers if it can’t reach agreements with generative AI (artificial intelligence) companies to pay for its data. Initially, Reddit denied this report, but the Post later corrected its story to state that Reddit might block search crawlers instead of requiring users to log in. Reddit spokespersons have not confirmed or denied the possibility of blocking crawlers. If this change occurs, Reddit posts would not show up in search results, which would affect users’ ability to access Reddit through search. The report also mentions that over 535 news organizations have chosen to block their content from being scraped by companies like OpenAI, which use the data to train AI products such as ChatGPT. The post concludes with a correction, acknowledging that Reddit was only denying the user login requirement, not the possibility of blocking content from search engines.
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