Reddit to charge AI models for access to its human archives

Social news and discussion aggregator Reddit is set to introduce charges for businesses accessing its API for the purpose of pulling its 18 years’ worth of content, much of which has been generated by human users. The move is part of a broader strategy to better control the use of Reddit’s valuable corpus of data, according to CEO Steve Huffman. While access will still be free for developers working on bots and other Reddit tools, as well as academic researchers working on non-commercial projects, companies that are training large language model AIs will soon have to pay for the privilege. Huffman explained that “crawling Reddit, generating value, and not returning any of that value to our users is something we have a problem with. It’s a good time for us to tighten things up.”

Reddit to charge AI models for access to its human archives

Reddit’s content has been a rich resource for training LLM AIs, with ChatGPT and Google’s Bard citing Reddit data as one of their sources. However, as part of its new strategy, Reddit is looking to give developers and moderators better tools for working within their communities, including the ability to view a user’s history, update community rules, and better handle multiple mod queues via its iOS and Android apps.

The move comes as Reddit is looking to go public in the second half of 2023. The company filed for an initial public offering in December 2021, hoping for a $15 billion valuation, but has held off on its filing until market conditions, particularly around tech companies, improve. With a valuable corpus of data at its disposal, Reddit’s decision to charge for API access is seen as a logical step towards better controlling and monetising its content, while still offering free access to non-commercial users.

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