Friday, December 1, 2023

ChatGPT Disabled the Browsing Feature as it Bypasses Paywalls on Websites

OpenAI recently disabled ChatGPT’s Bing browsing due to user discovery of its paywall-bypassing potential, commonly employed by news outlets to promote paid subscriptions.

While OpenAI makes this announcement via a tweet. The Bing browsing feature is exclusive to ChatGPT Plus subscribers only and is the premium version of ChatGPT.

OpenAI Doesn’t want Any Problems

OpenAI expressed gratitude to ChatGPT Plus subscribers for their valuable feedback on the browsing feature during the beta phase.

OpenAI, backed by Microsoft, plans to reintroduce the feature shortly. Additionally, OpenAI updated its FAQ page to inform Plus subscribers about the situation.

Out of caution, we disabled the Browse with Bing beta feature on July 3, 2023, to address concerns and respective content owners.

OpenAI is diligently working to restore the beta and values users’ understanding of the process.

As users have successfully commanded ChatGPT to access paid websites, enabling them to access premium content from various sources.

That’s why the company takes responsibility and aims to uphold the rights of content owners by ensuring ChatGPT no longer bypasses paywalls.

Integration of Bing with ChatGPT

With notable collaborations with Microsoft, OpenAI swiftly became one of the world’s fastest-growing companies, and for this, all credit goes to its diverse AI advancements.

Though Microsoft had previously embraced the GPT large-language model, OpenAI’s integration of Bing as a partner search engine for the AI chatbot is a recent development.

The browse beta feature aids users by instantly generating content through ChatGPT and also provides enhanced web searches with AI capabilities.

Browse with Bing integration empowers ChatGPT Plus users with up-to-date information from Microsoft’s search engine, surpassing the chatbot’s training data from September 2021.

Upon its return, iPhone users of OpenAI’s ChatGPT app can activate the feature by enabling Browsing in the app’s settings under “New Features.

Switch to GPT-4 in the model selector, then opt for “Browse with Bing” from the dropdown menu.

OpenAI’s API granting universal access has led to the successful integration of ChatGPT by numerous companies, such as:-

  • Snapchat
  • Microsoft
  • Mercedes-Benz

ChatGPT’s iconic status as a top AI chatbot stems from its ability to generate a large amount of content with just a short and simple prompt.

Moreover, OpenAI promptly acknowledged the Browse beta’s unintended paywall bypass, taking the right steps to rectify its flaws and temporarily disabling it.

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