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Govt to meet social media platforms over deepfake videos: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi cautioned that deepfakes created by synthetic intelligence can result in an enormous disaster in society, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw mentioned on Saturday that the federal government will quickly meet social media platforms on the deepfake concern.

The minister asserted that the secure harbour immunity clause won’t apply if platforms don’t take sufficient steps to take away deepfakes.

The federal government had just lately issued a discover to corporations on the deepfake concern, and the platforms responded however added that the companies should be extra aggressive in taking motion on such content material, he mentioned.

“They are taking steps…but we think that many more steps will have to be taken. And we are very soon going to have a meeting of all the platforms…Maybe in the next 3-4 days, we’ll call them for brainstorming on that and make sure that platforms make adequate efforts for preventing it (deepfakes), and cleaning up their system,” Vaishnaw instructed reporters.

Requested if massive platforms like Meta and Google can be referred to as for the assembly, the minister replied within the affirmative.

Vaishnaw additionally made it clear that the secure harbour immunity that platforms presently get pleasure from beneath the IT Act won’t be relevant until they take sufficient motion.

“The safe harbour clause, which most social media platforms have been enjoying…that does not apply if they do not take adequate steps for removing deepfakes from their platforms,” he mentioned.  Lately, a number of ‘deepfake’ movies concentrating on main actors went viral, sparking outrage and elevating considerations over the misuse of expertise and instruments for creating faux content material and narratives.

With PTI inputs.



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