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Amazon probes AI Startup Perplexity over alleged unauthorized content scraping

Amazon has launched an investigation into allegations that artificial intelligence startup Perplexity AI has been scraping content from prominent news sites without permission.

The review follows an article published by WIRED earlier this month, accusing Perplexity of scraping content from websites that explicitly prohibit such practices.

Perplexity, which utilizes Amazon Web Services (AWS) servers, has denied these allegations. The company insists its services do not violate AWS terms of service by crawling websites without permission.

Nevertheless, Perplexity has come under fire in recent weeks over accusations of plagiarism and fabricating quotes from real individuals.

Amazon spokesperson Samantha Mayowa confirmed the investigation, highlighting the company’s commitment to addressing abuse reports.

Mayowa emphasized that Amazon’s terms of service prohibit abusive and illegal activities, and customers must adhere to these rules.

Perplexity CEO Aravind Srinivas defended the startup, asserting that it does not train its AI engine on others’ content but rather aggregates information generated by other AI systems. However, Srinivas acknowledged the need for better source attribution and stated that the company has since made improvements in this area.

The investigation is ongoing, and Amazon has not yet taken any action against Perplexity.

This incident underscores the broader concerns about AI and content scraping, emphasizing the importance of respecting intellectual property and obtaining proper permissions.

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