Deepfake election bills cruise through legislatures

New Mexico became the sixth state to enact a law, and several more are set to follow.
Images created by Eliot Higgins with the use of artificial intelligence show a fictitious skirmish with Donald Trump and New York City police officers posted on Higgins’ Twitter account, as photographed on an iPhone in Arlington, Va., Thursday, March 23, 2023. The highly detailed, sensational images, which are not real, were produced using a sophisticated and widely accessible image generator. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

New Mexico this week became the sixth state to enact a law regulating the use of artificial intelligence in campaign advertisements, with several more states set to follow before election season heats up.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) signed a deepfake law that requires campaign ads that use AI to contain disclaimers. It also creates the crime of distributing deceptive media within 90 days of an election if not properly labeled.

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