Cloudflare launches anti-AI bots tools to combat website scraping

A new free tool has been released by publicly listed cloud service company Cloudflare with the goal of preventing bots from gathering information from websites hosted on its network in order to create artificial intelligence (AI) models.

In a blog post announcing this update, the Cloudflare team also shared some data about how its clients are coping with the increase in bots that employ content scraping to create generative AI models.

Reports say all cloud service provider users, including those on free plans, have access to the new tool.

By modifying their site’s robots.txt file, which tells bots which pages on a website they may access, website owners can prevent the bots used for data scraping and model training, according to several AI providers including Google, OpenAI, and Apple.

“Customers don’t want AI bots visiting their websites, and especially those that do so dishonestly,” the company informed on its official blog.

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“We fear that some AI companies intent on circumventing rules to access content will persistently adapt to evade bot detection.”

The models consider, for example, the possibility that an AI bot is trying to hide from discovery by mimicking the appearance and behavior of a user of a web browser.

“When bad actors attempt to crawl websites at scale, they generally use tools and frameworks that we can fingerprint,” Cloudflare writes.

“Based on these signals, our models [are] able to appropriately flag traffic from evasive AI bots as bots.”

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