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U.S. Lawmakers Rally for Swift Legislation as Taylor Swift Deepfake Scandal Sparks Outcry

In response to the alarming proliferation of explicit deep fake images featuring Taylor Swift, U.S. Representative Joe Morelle is championing the passage of the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, denouncing the situation as "appalling." This call for immediate action comes as deepfake images of the American singer-songwriter circulated widely on social media platforms, including X and Telegram.


Outraged fans and politicians have expressed their dismay at the widespread dissemination of AI-generated fake pornographic images of Taylor Swift, demanding swift legislation to criminalize the creation of such deceptive content.


One particularly explicit image of the megastar garnered an astonishing 47 million views on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter, before being taken down on Thursday. Reports indicate that the post remained accessible on the platform for approximately 17 hours, intensifying the urgency for legislative measures.


Rep. Joe Morelle emphasized the need for the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act, a legislation he authored to make non-consensual deepfakes a federal criminal offense. Activists and regulators are concerned that easily accessible AI tools could lead to an uncontrollable flood of toxic or harmful content.


Influencer Danisha Carter condemned the spread of fake images on X, expressing hope that Taylor Swift's influential status could lead to the passage of legislation addressing this issue. Carter stated, "The only 'silver lining' about it happening to Taylor Swift is that she likely has enough power to get legislation passed to eliminate it. You people are sick."


X, the platform owned by Elon Musk, issued a statement emphasizing its zero-tolerance policy towards non-consensual nudity images. The platform is actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them.


Republican Congressman Tom Kean Jr echoed concerns about the rapid advancement of AI technology, emphasizing the need for necessary guardrails. He stated, "Whether the victim is Taylor Swift or any young person across our country, we need to establish safeguards to combat this alarming trend."


While Taylor Swift has not publicly addressed the fake images, a Daily Mail report suggests that her team is considering legal action against the site that published the AI-generated content. A source close to Swift described the incident as "shocking" and called for strict laws to prevent such privacy violations.


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