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Calls for legislation as explicit Taylor Swift deepfakes gain millions of views

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The circulation of explicit deepfake images featuring Taylor Swift online has prompted US lawmakers to demand the enactment of fresh legislation criminalizing the creation of such content.

These fabricated photos of the pop superstar garnered millions of views on social media platforms, including X and Telegram.

US Representative Joe Morelle expressed his dismay at the widespread dissemination of these images, describing it as “appalling.”

 

In response, X declared that it was actively removing the content and taking appropriate measures against the accounts responsible for its propagation.

The platform emphasized its commitment to monitoring the situation to promptly address any further violations and ensure the removal of the content.

47 million views

While many of the deepfake images appear to have been taken down, one image of Swift reportedly garnered 47 million views before it was removed.

Deepfakes employ artificial intelligence (AI) to manipulate a person’s face or body, creating deceptive videos or images.

A study conducted in 2023 revealed a staggering 550% increase in the production of manipulated images since 2019, largely due to advancements in AI technology.

Presently, there are no federal laws in place to regulate the sharing or creation of deepfake content in the United States. However, certain states have initiated efforts to address this issue.

In the UK, the sharing of deepfake pornography was criminalised as part of the 2023 Online Safety Act.

Democratic Representative Morelle, who previously introduced the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, called for immediate action, highlighting that these images and videos could inflict irrevocable emotional, financial, and reputational damage, with women disproportionately affected.

Deepfake pornography comprises the vast majority of such content online, with the State of Deepfakes report from the previous year indicating that women constitute 99% of the targets.

Democratic Representative Yvette D Clarke underscored that women have been subject to this technology’s targeting for years, and with advancements in AI, deepfake creation has become more accessible and affordable.

Republican Congressman Tom Kean Jr. echoed the sentiment, stressing the need to establish safeguards against this concerning trend.

No Swift response

As for Taylor Swift, she has not publicly addressed the deepfake images, but the Daily Mail reported that her team is considering legal action against the website responsible for publishing the AI-generated content.

Worries about AI-generated content have escalated, especially as billions of people participate in global elections this year.

Recently, a fake robocall purportedly from US President Joe Biden, believed to be generated by AI, triggered an investigation, raising further concerns about the misuse of advanced technology.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Esports officially recognised by Olympic officials as they aim to “keep up with digital age”

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While esports and competitive video gaming have traditionally not been regarded as sports, the Olympic Movement started showing interest as early as 2007.

Following the inaugural event in Singapore, Vincent Pereira, the IOC’s head of virtual sports and esports, noted that Paris, as the 2024 Summer Olympics host, had priority to host the Olympic Esports Series in 2024.

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Recent EV study reveals the greatest adoption hurdle: safety

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A recent survey conducted by the National Roads and Motorists’ Association (NRMA) in New South Wales has shed light on a significant trend among EV adoption: safety.

The survey highlights that while environmental benefits and potential long-term cost savings are acknowledged, 1 in 5 believe that safety concerns are overriding these factors for many potential buyers.

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NASA astronauts phone home, confident Boeing’s Starliner will return to Earth safely

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Stranded NASA astronauts express confidence in Boeing’s Starliner spacecraft, assuring its capability to safely transport them back to Earth from the International Space Station.

The astronauts, over a video call to NASA, highlighted Starliner’s enhanced safety features and testing protocols as reassuring factors for their safe return.

“I have a real good feeling in my heart that this spacecraft will bring us home, no problem…”, said Sunita “Suni” Williams, one of the stranded NASA astronauts.

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