“Deepfakes” — videos altered with the help of AI that can make people (typically celebrities or politicians) appear to do and say things they actually did not — are not only weird, uncanny manifestations of a new era of technological progress, they’re also a national security threat, according to some.
With the globalized reach of “fake news,” disinformation has gone from being a mostly federal issue to one with state and local relevance as well. Still, states have been slow to adopt legislation that could combat these potential forms of election interference — in no small part because the technology is still so new and untested in its ability to sow confusion amidst voters.
As a result, though a number of federal bills have been introduced that attack deepfakes, only a handful of state bills have been introduced — namely in California, Texas and Massachusetts.
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