President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) pledged on Monday (Oct. 18) to crack down on deepfakes after many celebrities have fallen victim to a crime involving pornographic videos.
Tsai said in a Facebook post that people have been profiting from manipulating the images of prominent figures and said that "we cannot sit idly by while these illegal activities happen unchecked." The government will push for tighter rules on the use of relevant technologies as it endeavors to stamp out disinformation and AI-generated fake videos, she added.
The move comes after a 26-year-old influencer going by the name of “Hsiao Yu” (小玉) was arrested Sunday (Oct. 17) over making deceitful videos where celebrities’ faces were swapped onto actors or actresses in porn films. The deepfakes were produced by exploiting machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies.
Hsiao Yu touted the doctored footage via messaging platform Telegram and is believed to have made NT$10 million (US$357,429) from the crime. At least one hundred people, including politicians, entertainers, and YouTubers, have become victims of deepfake porn, CNA reported.
Chu was released Monday after posting NT$300,000 bail. He and his accomplice, surnamed Chuang (莊), now face a criminal charge punishable by up to two years of imprisonment and/or a fine of NT$90,000.
This could be an effective justification for powerful content moderation capabilities.Big story in Taiwan in the moment
Taiwan President vows action against deepfakes amid celebrity porn case
Although there could be a DoJ task force in place dedicated to snuffing out deepfake defamations. Have no idea if there is, but it would seem reasonable. Anyway if there is then perhaps things may not need escalate to the heights of powerful content moderation capabilities.This could be an effective justification for powerful content moderation capabilities.
Unless they were far-right operatives, pretending to be moderate conservatives, pretending to be far-right operatives...Some people think it wasn't actually the Lincoln Project and they're just taking the hit for it, but whoever it was is an idiot at best. Apparently they didn't come forward until Vice identified one of them as a Democrat operative and by that time the Democratic candidate had already publicly addressed it under the assumption it was legitimate and the media were all over it.
Perhaps it was just a stunt and the Democratic campaign weren't aware, perhaps it was something more cynical and they got caught and had to go into damage control mode, but it was a terrible idea whichever way you slice it. They've not only staged a pretty tasteless stunt, but also given ammo to anyone on the far right talking about false flags.