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China Issues Rules to Clamp Down on Deepfake Technologies


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Mapping the face of Facebooks Mark Zuckerberg, prior to making a deepfake video.

China has issued rules banning the generation, distribution, and broadcast of fake news, as it cracks down on deepfake technologies.

Credit: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg/Getty Images

China has issued new rules banning online video and audio providers from generating, distributing, and broadcasting fake news as it cracks down on deepfake technologies.

This follows California's introduction of legislation to outlaw political deepfakes, and the European Union’s proposed strategy for probing such online disinformation.

China's rules are broader, including prohibitions not only on using deep learning and related technologies to produce political news, but the use of virtual reality and deep learning to produce fake news as well.

The rules mandate providers and users of online video news and audio information services, among other things, must use technology to determine whether audio and video news content has been manufactured or potentially doctored.

From South China Morning Post (Hong Kong)
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