Half of Top News Sites Blocked OpenAI's Crawlers in 2023

Reuters Institute study looked at print, digital-native publishers and broadcasters across 10 countries

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At the end of 2023, nearly one-half (48%) of the top news websites, based on reach, across 10 countries blocked OpenAI‘s crawlers, while nearly one-quarter (24%) blocked Google’s AI crawler, according to a study by Reuters Institute.

Reuters Institute analyzed the robots.txt of the 15 online news sources with the widest reach, including titles like The New York Times, BuzzFeed News, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, CNN and NPR, across countries including Germany, India, Spain, the U.K.

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