The BBC is Reportedly Blocking OpenAI Data Scraping But Open To AI-Powered Journalism

The BBC is reportedly blocking OpenAI data scraping but is open to AI-powered journalism. The UK news organization as you should know is planning to work with various companies in trying to figure out the best usage of generative AI.

The BBC is Blocking OpenAI Data Scraping

The BBC is Blocking OpenAI Data Scraping

The BBC, which is the UK’s largest news organization, has laid out principles that it plans to follow as it evaluates the usage of generative AI and this is including for research and production of journalism, archival, and “personalized experiences.”

BBC Director of Nations Rhodri Talfan Davies in a blog post, stated that the broadcaster believes the technology in question provides opportunities to help deliver “more value to our audiences and society.”

The three guiding principles here are that the BBC will always act in the best interest of the public, prioritize talent as well as creativity simply by respecting the rights of artists, and also be open and transparent regarding AI-made output.

BBC To Work with Tech Firms, Other Media Outlets Organizations, and Regulators to Develop Generative AI Safely

The BBC has stated that it will work with tech firms, other media outlets and organizations, and regulators to develop generative AI safely and to also focus on maintaining trust in the news industry.

“In the next few months, we will start a number of projects that explore the use of Gen AI in both what we make and how we work – taking a targeted approach in order to better understand both the opportunities and risks,” Davies in the post stated. “These projects will assess how Gen AI could potentially support, complement or even transform BBC activity across a range of fields, including journalism research and production, content discovery and archive, and personalized experiences.”

The company however did not specify these projects in an email to The Verge.

Other News Organizations and What They Think About the Technology

Other news organizations in question have also laid out just how they think about the technology as you should know. The Associated Press on its end released its very own guidelines in the early parts of this year. The agency also partnered with OpenAI in a bid to share its stories to train GPT models.

BBC Blocks Web Crawlers from OpenAI and Common Crawl from Getting Access to Its Websites

But as the BBC determines just how to make use of generative AI best, it also blocked web crawlers from OpenAI and Common Crawl from getting access to BBC websites. The news agency joins CNN, The New York Times, Reuters, as well as other news organizations in stopping web crawlers from getting access to their copyrighted material. Davies has stated that this move is to “safeguard the interests of license fee payers” and that training AI models with BBC data in question without its permission is not in the interest of the public.



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