The party for ChatGPT Plus subscribers came to an end as OpenAI announced it was temporarily disabling the Browse with Bing beta tool from its service. reason? Apparently, people use the feature to bypass paywalls entirely and consume content for free.
Browse with Bing GChatGPT is able to extract information from recently published sources in order to answer time-sensitive questions. However, the company’s developers seem to have underestimated the functionality of the feature. According to the official help page“if the user explicitly requests the full text of the URL,” the AI will fulfill the request, including displaying the content of the paid article. OpenAI says It’s addressing this issue because it wants to “do the right thing for content owners”. This tool will return at a future date. As of this writing, the exact time is not known.
Also unknown is how AI will bypass paywalls, although there is some speculation ChatGPT Reddit subreddit. One user pointed out that due to “some paywall that is simply pasted” on the article, ChatGPT can simply read the code that renders the text and display the content without issue.
Analysis: Avoid Trouble
Reaction to the announcement was rather negative as subscribers flocked to OpenAI’s community forum to express their dissatisfaction. Some said browsing with Bing was the only reason they bought ChatGPT Plus. One poster said the feature allowed them to read some repositories on GitHub or forum posts in another language.Others said that without Bing browsing, they Not getting their money’s worth.
Despite these people’s outrage, OpenAI’s reasons for disabling the tool are entirely understandable. The company has been hit by multiple lawsuits.Just to give you an idea, you have a lawsuit from the state of California Clarksons law firm claims “ChatGPT uses data scraped from the Internet to train its technology, in serious violation of the copyrights and privacy of countless people.” There are writers Paul Tremblay and Mona Awad claims that OpenAI used their book Training generative artificial intelligence “without attribution”.and a georgia radio host Mark Walters sues developers He was charged with defamation after ChatGPT claimed he had embezzled “funds from a non-profit organization.”
The crazy thing is all these lawsuits only happened last month.
Needless to say, OpenAI is currently facing some difficulties. The last thing the company needs right now is another lawsuit. Better to be safe than sorry.