Technology Reddit threatens to block Google and Bing web crawlers

Ink

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The Washington Post reported Friday that Reddit might cut off Google and force users to log in to Reddit itself to read anything, if it can’t reach deals with generative AI companies to pay for its data. Initially, Reddit seemed to deny the report. “Nothing is changing,” Reddit spokesperson Courtney Geesey-Dorr told The Verge, adding that the Post would soon be correcting its story.

But after the Post corrected that story, only one major detail had changed — the Post no longer suggests Reddit users would need to log in. The publication now writes that if Reddit can’t get AI to play ball, the company may block Google and Bing’s search crawlers, which means Reddit posts wouldn’t show up in search results.
 

Seandc33

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First changing api keys so that third-party reddit apps would be forced to stop working, to now blocking search engines from indexing their search results.

Are they trying to run the site to the ground? Because they're sure doing a good job doing that.
 

SumTingWong

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First changing api keys so that third-party reddit apps would be forced to stop working, to now blocking search engines from indexing their search results.

Are they trying to run the site to the ground? Because they're sure doing a good job doing that.
I think they are going to add and use Chinese search engines.

Isn't this one Chinese company acquired Reddit not too long ago?
 
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