White House Urges Legislation to Protect Online Harassment Victims Amid AI-Generated Tayor Swift Images
In the wake of AI-generated, explicit photos of mega-star Taylor Swift, the White House is stepping in and urging for legislation to safeguard victims of online harassment. This alarming incident involving AI technology has provoked substantial discussion about online safety and the urgent need for regulation.
Public attention was drawn to this incident when a post featuring the manipulated images reached an alarming 47 million views within the span of one day. While the original account was suspended, the images had already spread across various social media platforms, sparking the trending hashtag “Protect Taylor Swift”.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre described the incident as “alarming” and highlighted the urgent need for legislation to address the potential dangers of AI technology. According to The Verge, Jean-Pierre said, “Of course Congress should take legislative action. That’s how you deal with some of these issues.”
The press secretary also indicated that social media platforms hold crucial responsibility in enforcing their own rules against such harassment. Her statement highlighted the skewed impact of lax enforcement as women and young girls are the overwhelming targets of online harassment and abuse.
The Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) also released a response to the situation. They asserted, “The development and dissemination of fake images – especially those of a lewd nature – without someone’s consent must be made illegal. As a society, we have it in our power to control these technologies, but we must act now before it is too late.” The actors’ union expressed their outrage and concern over the misuse of technological advancements.
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