New Legislation Aims to Combat ‘Deepfakes’

Published On: December 22, 2023

Assemblymember Akilah Weber, M.D. (D-La Mesa) has announced her intention to introduce legislation aimed at combatting deceptive content on the internet, particularly focusing on generative artificial intelligence (AI) and “deepfakes.” The legislation will require the establishment of an industry standard for identifying generative AI.

“This standard has been adopted by a multi-stakeholder initiative made up of more than 1800 entities from the private sector, academia, human rights groups, NGOs, and others,” says the announcement.

Assemblymember Weber’s focus is on the proliferation of altered images and videos, commonly referred to as “deep fakes,” with applications ranging from political ads to more trivial instances.  A greater concern lies in the potential for harm, including fraud, the exploitation of nonconsensual sexual imagery, and the spread of disinformation, says her announcement.  This summer, the Federal Bureau of Investigation issued a warning regarding an increase in extortion and harassment cases involving manipulated images used in “sextortion schemes.” 

The 2024 California Legislature reconvenes on January 3rd.


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