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Families, Experts and Lawmakers Push for Stronger Safeguards Amid Surge in Explicit Deepfake Videos

Explicit AI-generated material that overwhelmingly harms women and children is booming online at an unprecedented rate, Haleluya Hadero reports for the Associated Press. According to an analysis by independent researcher Genevieve Oh, more than 143,000 new deepfake videos were posted online this year, surpassing every other year combined. Affected families are pushing lawmakers to implement robust safeguards for victims whose images are manipulated using new AI models, or the plethora of apps and websites that openly advertise their services.

Several states have passed their own laws over the years to try to combat the problem, but they vary in scope. Texas, Minnesota and New York passed legislation this year criminalizing nonconsensual deepfake porn, joining Virginia, Georgia and Hawaii who already had laws on the books. Experts say that the best fix would come from a federal law that can provide consistent protections nationwide and penalize dubious organizations profiting from products and apps that easily allow anyone to make deepfakes. President Biden signed an executive order in October that, among other things, called for barring the use of generative AI to produce child sexual abuse material or non-consensual “intimate imagery of real individuals.” 

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