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OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT

OpenAI strikes deal to bring Reddit content to ChatGPT
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Reddit has partnered with OpenAI to bring its content to popular chatbot ChatGPT, the companies said on Thursday (May 16), sending the social media platform's shares up 12 per cent in extended trade.

The deal underscores Reddit's attempt to diversify beyond its advertising business, and follows its recent partnership with Alphabet to make its content available for training Google's AI models.

ChatGPT and other OpenAI products will use Reddit's application programming interface, the means by which Reddit distributes its content, following the new partnership.

OpenAI will also become a Reddit advertising partner, the company said.

Ahead of Reddit's March IPO, Reuters reported that Reddit struck its deal with Alphabet, worth about US$60 million (S$80 million) per year.

Investors view selling its data to train AI models as a key source of revenue beyond Reddit's advertising business.

The social media company earlier this month reported strong revenue growth and improving profitability in the first earnings since its market debut, indicating that its Google deal and its push to grow its ads business were paying off.

Reddit's shares rose 10.5 per cent to US$62.31 after the bell. As of Wednesday's close, the stock is up nearly 12 per cent since its market debut in March.

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