More than 400 AI experts, celebrities, politicians, bokep indo and activists have signed an open letter demanding lawmakers to take action against deepfake technology.

The letter argued that the growing number of AI-generated videos are a threat to society due to the involvement of sexual images, child pornography, fraud, and political disinformation.

Deepfakes are AI-generated media that mimic human voices, images, and videos that can be mistaken as real.

The letter states that deepfake technology is misleading the public, making it harder to discern what is real on the internet, and therefore, is more important than ever to implement formalized laws ‘to protect our ability to recognize real human beings.’ 

Calls for more stringent regulations come after sexually explicit deepfake images of Taylor Swift went viral on social media last month.

Taylor Swift was targeted by sexually explicit deepfake images that went viral on X last month

The majority of people targeted by deepfakes are women, with videos surfacing as early as 2018. One video targeted actress Natalie Portman

‘Deepfakes are a huge threat to human society and are already causing growing harm to individuals, communities, and the functioning of democracy,’ said Andrew Critch, AI Researcher at UC Berkeley in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and lead author on the letter.

‘We need immediate action to combat the proliferation of deepfakes, and my colleagues and I created this letter as a way for people around the world to show their support for law-making efforts to stop deepfakes.’

Deepfakes have become so prevalent in society, that between 2022 and 2023, the amount of falsified sexual content increased by more than 400 percent while fraud jumped by a shocking 3,000 percent in that timeframe, according to the Ban Deepfakes campaign.

The majority of people agree that individuals who share deepfake porn online should face criminal charges

Kristen Bell was yet another celebrity targeted by a deepfake video last year

The letter, titled ‘Disrupting the Deepfake Supply Chain,’ calls for a blanket ban on deepfake technology, and demands that lawmakers fully criminalize deepfake child pornography and establish criminal penalties for anyone who knowingly creates or shares such content.

Signees also demanded that software developers and distributors be held accountable for anyone using their audio and visual products to create deepfakes.

‘It’s increasingly clear that anyone, anywhere could be the target of harmful deepfakes—including our children,’ said Sarah Gardner, CEO of the Heat Initiative.

‘Lawmakers work for us, and they have a moral imperative to protect our kids by acting quickly to hold accountable the platforms and bad actors that are allowing the proliferation of child sexual abuse material,’ she added.

Emma Watson was yet another target of deepfake technology when a fake video of her surfaced online

Marvel actress Scarlett Johansson was targeted last year when a deepfake video advertisement promoting Lisa AI surfaced.

The letter encouraged media companies, software developers, and device manufacturers to work together to create authentication methods like adding tamper-proof digital seals and cryptographic signature techniques to verify the content is real.

It also stated that the rising amount of nonconsensual pornography is one of the top reasons the letter is so important, citing one report that found that deepfake pornography accounts for 98 percent of all such videos online.

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