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China Lays Out Strict Measures To Keep AI-Produced Deepfakes Under Control

Beijing has put forward an array of strict measures through its Cyberspace Administration that would help curb the growing trend of deep fakes.

The country has been battling with AI-generated matter for a while now and now that’s why officials have prohibited the creation of such endeavors related to humans without first taking permission from the CAC.

These rules and regulations would put an end to all things that would be deemed a threat to the country’s national interest and socialist values. This includes using deepfakes to try and trick or slander other people in day-to-day dealings.

So why is this subject so controversial is a question that is on so many people’s minds. Well, the answer is pretty straightforward. Deepfakes make use of AI technology to produce real video content featuring humans saying things and doing things that they didn’t actually end up doing.

This form of technology has the capability to mislead so many audiences which causes issues for individuals located in such video content. In the same way, we’ve seen deepfakes spark a massive outcry in nations other than China due to such concerns.

During the early part of 2022, we saw the European Union introduce a new set of rules and regulations to curb such matters involving deepfakes that would fight against the matters linked to fake news on various social media apps.

Such regulations may appear to be great but they are suggestive of an important factor. That’s linked to China expecting the matter to arise in the future too as it’s allowed for use across different apps related to chatbots that get designated with labels like digital creations.

These rules were sent out by the CAC and they go on to address the matter of deepfakes through online publishers. Such publishers could take into account matters like China’s other regulations linked to acceptable content seen online while using deepfakes in publications.

All of these new laws would be applying to the likes of deep synthesis service providers that utilize platforms related to the world of deep learning or VR to edit content published online. Such requirements entail the requirement for making accurate and revised models as well as algorithms. This makes sure all data collected is secure.

In the same way, such rules would make sure users are registered and entail the usage of real names to prevent certain individuals from using the technology for incorrect reasons. We should be seeing such laws go into effect as early as January 10 of next year.

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