We analyzed the top 1000 websites in the world to identify which sites are already blocking GPTBot. We updated this study Sep 22, 2023.
OpenAI shared details on how to block its GPTBot on Aug 7, 2023. This study looks at how the top 1000 websites are responding. One concern, as an AI detector, is the risk that LLM's will further scrape content and make AI writing tools that become undetectable to AI checkers? This study analyzes how they are responding.
It was first published here Aug 22, updated Aug 29 and this update is Sep 22, 2023.
Google has provided increased ability to control how Google's AI bots use the content on your website.
Announcing on Sep 28 that Google Extended will be used - https://developers.google.com/search/docs/crawling-indexing/overview-google-crawlers
Differences from 1 month ago…
Websites rushing to block GPTBot but other crawlers continue to scrape its content...
It is not clear why some sites would block 1 crawler bot but allow others.
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it is not clear if "anthropic-ai" and "claude-web" would be effective as there has been no documentation from Anthropic.
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Since the launch of GPTBot 26.15% of the top 1000 websites are now blocking it.
OpenAI launched GPTBot on August 7th and shortly after the first “Top 100” website to block GPTBot was Reuters.com
This can be verified looking at Archive.org and inspecting the timestamp for Reuters Robots.txt page: Click Here
Reuters is also the only website that seems to be trying to block Anthropic and Claude2.
Within the first 2 weeks of launching GPTBot these are the biggest websites in the world that had blocked GPTBot from accessing its site.
26% of the top 1000 websites are blocking GPTBot while 14% are blocking CCBot, 7% blocking ChatGPT-User and only 0.2% are attempting to block Anthropic.
GPTBot launched Aug 7 and since then more and more sites have blocked it along with driving an increased interest in blocking other LLM bots.
Updated Sep 20
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To block the OpenAI GPTBot from your site install the following code on your Robots.txt file:
# Disallow GPTBot
For additional details see OpenAI’s documentation: https://platform.openai.com/docs/gptbot
Given that OpenAI has already consumed much of the internet using datasets like the CommonCrawl why launch GPTBot?
There are several possible reasons:
No, blocking GPTBot does not remove the knowledge that LLM’s have gained by training on existing web content they have already accessed.
Web crawling or scraping is a process where automated software visits websites to gather specific information from their pages. This is commonly used by search engines to index content. While useful, this practice can sometimes be contentious, especially if done without the website owner's consent.
However, some of the current lawsuits against OpenAI seem to be challenging this.
While it may seem premature to compare GPTBot to giants like Google, the analogy isn't without merit. The most significant concern for websites considering blocking GPTBot is the potential missed opportunity. As ChatGPT evolves and integrates with the internet more intimately, it could serve a role similar to that of a search engine. By providing users with direct links or references from web sources, ChatGPT can direct significant traffic to those sites. If GPTBot is blocked, that site's content may not be among the recommended sources, essentially sidelining potential visitors. In essence, just as blocking Google would prevent a website from appearing in one of the world's most popular search engines, blocking GPTBot might mean missing out on a burgeoning channel of web traffic.
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