The Record: FTC investigating Reddit plan to sell user content for AI model training 

March 18, 2024

“The expectations of users are being completely subverted and their privacy violated at industrial scale,” John Davisson, director of litigation at the Electronic Privacy Information Center, said via email. “Redditors engage with the platform for discussion and enjoyment, not so their (often very personal) contributions can be siphoned off to train another unaccountable AI model.” 

Davisson added that he is encouraged by news that the FTC will investigate “dubious deals like the one Reddit is pursuing, which is the latest in a long line of contracts that major AI firms are using to circumvent consent and intellectual property barriers.” 

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