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July 20, 2023

ChatGPT Pauses Bing Integration To Stop Paywall Circumvention

OpenAI has temporarily shut down the Bing betting feature following the discovery of a trick by users to bypass payment walls.

ChatGPT Stops Bing Integration Temporarily

What You Need to Know
OpenAI has temporarily pulled the plug on the Browse with Bing beta feature. The feature was launched to improve the search experience in ChatGPT. However, users have discovered a new trick that allows them to bypass payment walls with the chatbot.

Introduction of the New Function
Last week, OpenAI’s chatbot, ChatGPT, got a new feature called Browse with Bing. This feature was shipped exclusively to ChatGPT Plus subscribers.

Integration Problems and Solutions
However, shortly after incorporating the new feature into the chatbot, OpenAI discovered that there are situations in which it does not function properly. The company therefore disabled the Browse with Bing beta feature on July 3, 2023.

The Impact of Payment Walls
In most cases, pay walls are used to get users to subscribe to a site. Users without a subscription to the site are restricted from accessing the published information.

Future Steps
It is currently unclear when OpenAI will fix the feature and what configuration changes it will make on the platform to prevent this from happening in the future.

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