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Tumblr & Wordpress content may soon be sold to OpenAI and Midjourney for AI training

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In a groundbreaking development, Tumblr and WordPress, two of the most popular blogging platforms, are reportedly on the verge of striking deals with artificial intelligence companies OpenAI and Midjourney. The parent company, Automattic, is said to be in advanced stages of negotiations to sell user data to these AI firms.


The user data, which is expected to be used for training AI models, has sparked a flurry of discussions about privacy and data usage. The type of data to be included in the deal remains unclear, but it’s suggested that Automattic may have initially overstepped by preparing to send private or partner-related data.


In response to the concerns raised, Automattic has issued a statement assuring that only public content from WordPress.com and Tumblr will be shared. They also emphasized their commitment to respect all opt-out settings. A new opt-out tool is reportedly set to be launched, allowing users to block third parties, including AI companies, from training on their data.


This move by Tumblr and WordPress marks a significant shift in the digital landscape, where user-generated content becomes a valuable resource for AI training. It raises important questions about data privacy, user consent, and the ethical use of public content.


As we delve deeper into this era of AI and data, what are your thoughts on this development? Do you believe that user-generated content should be used for AI training? Share your views in the comments below.



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