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US regulators considering regulating deep fakes ahead of 2024 elections

On August 10, the United States Federal Election Commission unanimously approved it. petition It can regulate deep frauds in political ads generated by artificial intelligence (AI).
The petition targets ads that use artificial intelligence to portray political dissidents mobilizing or saying they didn’t or didn’t say ahead of the 2024 election.
Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen, the advocacy organization behind the petition, called the deep frauds “a significant threat to democracy”.

“The FEC must use its authority to ban deep frauds or risk becoming complicit in a wave of AI-driven fraud disinformation and the destruction of fundamental norms of truth and falsehood.”

We’ve seen cases of candidates who have had it before. they used fake images created by artificial intelligence as part of their campaign. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who is running for the Republican nomination, widespread former US President Donald Trump’s Dr. Three photos of him hugging Anthony Fauci.
Public Citizen, in a meeting with the FEC, sought clarification on an already existing law aimed at preventing “false misrepresentations” in political campaigns and whether deep fake artificial intelligence was involved.
Lisa Gilbert, vice president of Public Citizen, said:

“The need to regulate deep frauds and other deceptive uses of AI in election advertising becomes more pressing every day.”

The FEC has decided to continue. petition and the next step will be a 60-day period of public comment, which Gilbert calls an “encouraging sign” that AI’s threat to democracy is being “taken seriously” by regulators.
Public Citizen’s government affairs lobbyist, Ph.D. Craig Holman commented on the public comment period, arguing:

“A public comment period will provide policy advocates, experts, and voters with significant space to voice their concerns about the possible widespread deep fake advertising during the upcoming election cycle.”

This latest action follows the first petition filed by Public Citizen in July. The petition underlined the same sentiment, emphasizing that deep frauds can succeed. “Influencing Election Results”.
Following the publication of the initial petition, members of both houses of the United States Congress responded with letters of support.
Cointelegraph contacted Public Citizen for further comment on their efforts on the matter.

Translation of Walter Rizzo

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