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X totally bans scanning and parsing so that AI wouldn’t be trained on social network data

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X (formerly Twitter) has updated its terms of service to prohibit scraping and crawling, and thus, hinder any artificial intelligence models from being trained on its data. The new terms, which entered effect on September 29, prohibit any form of slicing without permission of the author. The previous version of the terms allowed crawling, sucked under the robots.txt file, which contains instructions for searching robots.


In the past few months, X has changed its robots.txt file to change the amount of instructions that help crawlers understand what types of bots they can visit from the site to the location of the user, removing the following guidelines for all crawling bots, but Google. Twitter agreed to display tweets in Google’s search results in 2015. It’s unclear whether this deal has happened or not under new management.

The robots.txt file files now prevent crawlers from receiving information from a related post. Such robots also don’t like their accounts like media files and photos.

In June, the social network banned the non-logged user from viewing posts. A few days later, the company decided to remove the login requirement for a screen-shot of tweets. Elon Musk explained that temporary measure relates to the theft of site data, which erodes the quality of service for ordinary users.

The company is in protest against using x data to train AI models. In April, he threatened to sue Microsoft for using social network data to train AI models illegally. In July, he was charged with several unnamed companies.

Earlier this month, X changed its privacy policy to say that it could use public data to develop AI models. Musk noted in his X account that xAI, which he founded in July, would train its models by posting a number of public data. Xs new privacy policy also includes provisions in the collection of biometric data, education and work history, among other features.

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