Reddit is reportedly selling all of its user data to an AI company for $60 million a year

Reddit is one of the most used social platforms on the internet, and according to a new report its now selling all of its data for AI training purposes.

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According to a new report at Bloomberg, Reddit has signed an AI content licensing deal that will see the social media company receive $60 million annually. For a cool $60 million, an unnamed AI company will get access to every Reddit post and thread for AI model training.

Reddit is reportedly selling all of its user data to an AI company for $60 million a year 02

The move comes as a way to boost interest in the upcoming Reddit IPO - with the report stating that Reddit informed potential investors of the $60 million contract earlier this year. Citing sources "familiar with the matter" will give an unknown generative AI model access to decades worth of data, images, clips, and conversations.

Reddit is one of the most popular social destinations on the internet, so a deal like this makes sense when generative AI models need as much data as possible to train on. Until now, using data freely available on the internet (like Reddit posts) has been a go-to for many AI models (including OpenAI's GPT-2), so it's only natural to see money changing hands.

Recently, Reddit announced its plans to charge for API access and third-party apps and services for interacting with the platform. This news of Reddit data sold for AI training has made its way to Reddit, with many believing the data protection updates were all about being able to sell data versus anything to do with privacy.

"It was very obvious even back then that their only issue with AI companies scraping the entire website was that they forgot to demand rent before they started doing it," writes Redditor 'Berix2010.'

$60 million might not sound like a lot of money when looking at an industry that deals in billions (Reddit is seeking a $5 billion IPO valuation), but it's a milestone for AI. In recent years, there has been a lot of debate surrounding copyright infringement relating to training AI models with data like art, books, and journalism. With several high-profile lawsuits, AI companies actively seek training licensing deals.

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Kosta is a veteran gaming journalist that cut his teeth on well-respected Aussie publications like PC PowerPlay and HYPER back when articles were printed on paper. A lifelong gamer since the 8-bit Nintendo era, it was the CD-ROM-powered 90s that cemented his love for all things games and technology. From point-and-click adventure games to RTS games with full-motion video cut-scenes and FPS titles referred to as Doom clones. Genres he still loves to this day. Kosta is also a musician, releasing dreamy electronic jams under the name Kbit.

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