Tumblr and WordPress to Sell Users’ Data to Train AI Tools

Tumblr and WordPress.com (Ed. Note: they’re talking about wp.COM. If you’re hosting somewhere other than WordPress.com you don’t have to worry. Yet.) are preparing to sell user data to Midjourney and OpenAI, according to a source with internal knowledge about the deals and internal documentation referring to the deals. 

The exact types of data from each platform going to each company are not spelled out in documentation we’ve reviewed, but internal communications reviewed by 404 Media make clear that deals between Automattic, the platforms’ parent company, and OpenAI and Midjourney are imminent.

The internal documentation details a messy and controversial process within Tumblr itself. One internal post made by Cyle Gage, a product manager at Tumblr, states that a query made to prepare data for OpenAI and Midjourney compiled a huge number of user posts that it wasn’t supposed to. It is not clear from Gage’s post whether this data has already been sent to OpenAI and Midjourney, or whether Gage was detailing a process for scrubbing the data before it was to be sent. 

Source and more details: https://www.404media.co/tumblr-and-wordpress-to-sell-users-data-to-train-ai-tools/

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