OpenAI makes ChatGPT accessible without the need to sign up

The San Francisco-based company said it would gradually roll out the feature to “make AI accessible to anyone curious about its capabilities.”

The popular service, which held the record for the fastest-growing user base, has seen its growth slow since May 2023, when its traffic peaked at 1.8 billion web visits, according to data analytics firm SimilarWeb.

OpenAI said it has introduced additional content protection measures for users accessing ChatGPT without signing up, such as blocking prompts and generationals in a wide range of categories. It did not specify these categories.

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In addition to the free version of ChatGPT, which does not have direct access to the Internet, OpenAI also offers paid versions for individuals, team users, and enterprises.

The company also said it could use content provided by users to help improve its large-language models, but said users could turn off the feature.

The move comes about a month after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk sued OpenAI and its CEO Sam Altman, saying they have abandoned the startup’s original mission of developing artificial intelligence for the benefit of humanity, Not for profit.