New California Law Prohibits Political Deepfakes
Should deepfake videos be considered protected speech?
California recently became the second state to pass a bill restricting the use of “deepfake” technology to spread false information about political candidates.
Specifically, the bill applies to instances where deepfake technology is used to intentionally spread false information about a candidate within 60 days of an election.
The bill includes exceptions for parody and satire, as well as cases where the broadcaster or publisher makes it clear that the media has been manipulated.
The bill has already drawn harsh criticism from free speech advocates, including the ACLU, who claimed "this bill will not solve the problem of deceptive political videos; it will only result in voter confusion, malicious litigation, and repression of free speech.”
It’s worth noting that libel and defamation have never been protected by the first amendment, and many deepfake videos could be classified as libel or defamation.
Do you think outlawing deepfake videos is an attack on the first amendment? Can we stop the spread of misinformation without relying on censorship? Let us know in the comments below.
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