Critics have raised concerns about companies utilizing online information to train their large language models for generative AI purposes. Recently, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed against OpenAI, accusing the organization of scraping “massive amounts of personal data from the internet,” including “stolen private information,” to train its GPT models without obtaining prior consent. As noted by Search Engine Journal, it is likely that we will witness similar lawsuits in the future as more companies venture into developing their own generative AI products.
In response to the generative AI boom, owners of websites that can be considered digital public squares have taken measures to either prevent or profit from this trend. For instance, Reddit has started charging for access to its API, resulting in the closure of third-party clients over the weekend. Similarly, Twitter has imposed restrictions on the number of tweets a user can view per day in order to address issues related to extensive data scraping and system manipulation.