OpenAI revokes ChatGPT Bing integration as users exploit it to bypass paywalls


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Aug 17, 2017
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that the company will be extending its partnership with OpenAI, bring Bing Search to ChatGPT and addressing the chatbot's biggest Achilles Heel in the process. The new Bing Plugin, albeit limited to ChatGPT Plus users, allowed the chatbot to access the internet and pull the latest information on various topics. This was in conjunction with the Bing AI which was announced in February and is available to Bing users.

However, it looks like ChatGPT Plus users are taking advantage of the integration to bypass paywalls to access locked data and articles for free. This was first spotted by folks at r/ChatGPT who noted that the chatbot was letting them access articles that are usually blocked by a paywall. This was quickly noted by the OpenAI team who has now suspended the Bing integration to prevent users from bypassing paywalls. The team behind ChatGPT confirmed the change on Twitter noting that they are working on a fix for the issue.

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