Access to ChatGPT - Your request was blocked as bot traffic


Today I started getting
Your request was blocked as bot traffic. If you are using a VPN please disable it and try again.

I made sure I am not connected to any vpn, and also made sure that I am not a bot :smiley:

Any help would be appreciated.



Welcome to the forum!

Search this site for Canada. Seems one of the phone companies or providers is doing something different.

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How do you make sure you are not a bot? Asking for a friend.

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It’s happened to me to. I’m using my phone’s network so I am not sure if this is related

If you post here that you are having this problem, please provide screenshots. It is not uncommon for users to claim one problem but then upon seeing the actual error message it is really something else.

Also with a screen shot it gives us more information that may see irrelevant to you but is of importance to those trying to help you, e.g. was the error from ChatGPT or a browser, are you on a Mac or Windows, are you using Chrome or another browser, etc.

I have the same error but as the other guy said, I’m not a bot and I’m not using a VPN.


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Welcome to the developer forum.

Are you on a company or school network, or are you in a country that is not on the supported list here

I’m in France and on my personnal network.

Well that is unusual, the best thing to do is report that to the help site that can be found here

Help Centre in the bottom right corner is a message icon. image click the icon and enter your issue, the bot will take your details and a member of the account support team will get back to you, it may take several weeks due to the number of people currently using the system.

The error is also being reported on the OpenAI Discord forum

I don’t recall ever seeing this error noted before and it appears to have started a few days ago.

Some users mention Cloudflare but I also don’t recall Cloudflare errors appearing within ChatGPT, those errors are usually independent of ChatGPT.

Discord user MoAlAttas has two suggestions (ref)

  1. Try Firefox
  2. a. delete cookie and cache
    b. double check your addon and extension, some may be problematic
    c. Avast browser often creating issue

Discord user robert notes (ref)
If on Mac and using Safari

go to Safari → Settings → Privacy and delete your cache and cookies for then try again

Discord user robert notes (ref)
If using Avast on Windows to uninstall it.

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Thanks for the update, I’ll go check with the puzzler group.

[Update] Yep, does seem to be an issue that is recent with a few users, does not seem to be location specific, but there may be a common browser extension element, possibly unofficial ChatGPT extensions.

Thank you very much !
I uninstall Avast and then try on Firefox.
Then it works !

If you really want to thank the correct person then thank the appropriate user on Discord, we were only passing along their knowledge.


It appears the reply to this question has been included into the training data of GPT4:

As an AI assistant, I don’t have the capability to determine the nature of your being through text alone. However, if you’re asking from a self-identification perspective, then only you would be able to answer that question. You can certainly choose to communicate like a bot if you wish, but it doesn’t necessarily make you one!

Why is this posted in this topic?

When posting in any online community or forum, it’s essential to adhere to the designated topic or theme. Straying off-topic can be seen as disruptive and may lead to the post being flagged or removed. Maintaining relevance ensures that discussions stay focused and valuable to the community as a whole.

Obviously the user is controlling a semi-automated user agent, browser, and has a need to determine if this agent is wrongfully identified as fully automated.
A reply from Chat GPT posted in the Chat GPT subforum did not shed further light on this examination.
This is a good time to take a breather and maybe look deeper into the issue of why currently there is an increase in mis-classifications of user agents.

I’m paying for ChatGPT plus and for work I have to use globalprotect from Palo Alto in order to communicate with our API’s from home. Is it possible to remove this requirement for paid accounts or at least for gpt4? Seems absurd when it’s capped.

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happening to me too. Perhaps shutting down and rebooting my laptop might work…

Your request was blocked as bot traffic. If you are using a VPN please disable it and try again.

I have a VPN, but its turned off, I’ve cleared the cache, any other suggestions?

I’m using chrome, on a ASUS laptop.

Been a Sub since it opened up.

Very irritating.

Please help ASAP.

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I also have this error, my browser is chrome and my antivirus is Kaspersky total security