China passed a new policy to prevent the spread of fake news and misleading videos created using artificial intelligence, also known as deepfakes. The new rule bans the publishing of false information or deepfakes online without proper disclosure of the involvement of AI or VR technology in its creation. Failure to disclose this is now a criminal offense, the Chinese government says.
The rules will be enforced by the Cyberspace Administration of China and are to take effect on January 1st, 2020.
“With the adoption of new technologies, such as deepfake, in online video and audio industries, there have been risks in using such content to disrupt social order and violate people’s interests, creating political risks and bringing a negative impact to national security and social stability,” the CAC said in a notice to online video hosting websites on Friday, according to the South China Morning Post.
California Passed Similar Regulation To Combat Deepfakes
The Chinese government seeks to prosecute both users and image and video hosting services for failing to follow the rules. However, it seems the state of California also is combating deepfakes using the law.
California became the first US state to criminalize the use of deepfakes in political campaign promotion and advertising. The law, AB 730 makes it a crime to publish audio, imagery, or video that gives a false, damaging impression of a politician’s words or actions. California’s law does not use the word deepfake.
However, the AI manipulations are its primary culprit, plus video manipulations to frame someone in a negative light. It was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom, last month.
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