China Wants to Regulate Deepfakes

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The Chinese government has introduced a draft bill aimed at restricting the production and distribution of deepfakes. The document has been submitted by the Cyberspace Administration of China, SCMP reports.

According to the draft, deepfake service providers must verify the identity of users before allowing them access to the relevant products. Companies must also “respect social morality and ethics” and “follow the right political course.”

Moreover, service providers are obliged to seek user consent before providing access to editing features for biometric information such as faces and voices. Any computer files that have been modified using deepfake tech should be marked.

As a way to prevent the spread of fake materials, companies will have to create a user complaints system. App stores will have to suspend or remove deepfake service providers by order of the authorities.

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