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X Blocks Searches For Taylor Swift After Deepfake Images Spread


X Blocks Searches For Taylor Swift After Deepfake Images Spread

Following the posting of fictitious, artificial intelligence (AI)-generated photographs of pop sensation Taylor Swift on social media platform X, the site has restricted searches related to the pop star.

Attempts to search for “Taylor Swift” on the website, which was once known as Twitter, currently result in an automated error message being displayed to users.

Head of business operations at X, Joe Benarroch, told the Wall Street Journal that the site “prioritizes safety on this issue” and that the measure was a “temporary one” that had been taken “with an abundance of caution.”

How long the search block will be in effect is unknown.

Swift’s admirers swiftly organized to flood the platform with authentic photos of the singer, as well as pushed the Elon Musk-owned company to take more aggressive action against the accounts that were allegedly disseminating the lewd images. The leaked images of Swift first surfaced online last week.

X declared in a statement made public on Friday that it had a “zero-tolerance policy” regarding the publishing of such content and that doing so was “strictly prohibited.”

The statement read, “Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them,” though it did not specifically reference Swift.

“We’re closely monitoring the situation to ensure that any further violations are immediately addressed, and the content is removed. We’re committed to maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all users.”

Since assuming control of the website, Elon Musk, the owner of X, has come under fire for reducing the number of content moderation teams on the platform and advocating for more messages to be left up because he believes in “absolute free speech.”

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Artificial intelligence developments have facilitated the ease and accessibility of producing digitally manipulated and phony photos.

Experts in the field have cautioned about the possible harm that AI-generated deepfakes could cause and the disinformation that they could propagate, especially in this year of important elections in several nations, including the US and the UK.

Before the next general election, the British government hopes to have “robust mechanisms” in place to prevent such information, according to British Technology Secretary Michelle Donelan’s statement from late last year.

The British government, she claimed, was “concerned” about the possible effects of AI being used to disseminate false information and produce deepfakes, and the matter was being handled “very seriously.”

Deep learning methods enable artificial intelligence (AI), which has many beneficial applications; nonetheless, it is not a good idea to use AI to disparage someone’s reputation or character.

Be careful how you use your authority and influence, be wise, and treat others with respect.

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