California bans deepfake politics and porn

California bans deepfake politics and porn

California Governer Gavin Newsom has made it a crime to create or distribute altered images or videos of political candidates and another bill, AB 602, makes it illegal to distribute pornography of the same.

Existing law prohibits a person or specified entity from, with actual malice, producing, distributing, publishing, or broadcasting campaign material, as defined, that contains (1) a picture or photograph of a person or persons into which the image of a candidate for public office is superimposed or (2) a picture or photograph of a candidate for public office into which the image of another person or persons is superimposed, unless the campaign material contains a specified disclosure.

?In the context of elections, the ability to attribute speech or conduct to a candidate that is false?that never happened?makes deepfake technology a powerful and dangerous new tool in the arsenal of those who want to wage misinformation campaigns to confuse voters,? California assemblyman Marc Berman.?

What this means, in practice, is that creating fake political videos will be punishable by law. That said, it also assumes that the authorities can figure out who made a video of Obama singing Outkast’s “Hey Ya.”

Ultimately deepfakes are going to be a huge problem and this is a first step. Whether it stops someone from fooling millions with a deepfaked political video is anyone’s guess, but I’m not holding my breath. What’s worse, the porn side of deep-fakery is even worse and could make any of us a star in a compromising position. Let’s see what happens when these bills start catching fakers.

via Gizmodo.

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