States take on election deepfakes that mislead voters

It joins California, Minnesota, Texas and Washington in targeting deceptive, AI-generated political ads.
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)

Michigan on Thursday became the fifth state to target the use of deepfakes in campaigns, as Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) approved a package of bills aimed at regulating the use of artificial intelligence in political ads with the goal of ensuring voters are not misled.

The new laws, enacted in a critical swing state, signal growing concern about the potential for AI-generated content to sow confusion in upcoming elections.

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