China has started a campaign against the production of fake news with rules to ban using the new artificial intelligence technologies to produce stories, AFP reported on Saturday November 30th.
The new rules produced by China’s cyberspace authority, will impose a strict ban on online video and audio providers who are producing fake news using artificial intelligence (AI) and virtual reality technologies.
Concerns over ‘deepfakes’ have grown since the 2016 US election campaign, which saw wide use of online disinformation, according to US investigations.
China's top legislative body said earlier this year it was considering making ‘deepfake’ technology illegal.
"Both providers and users of online video news and audio services are not allowed to use new technologies such as deep learning and virtual reality to create, distribute and broadcast fake news, China's cyberspace authority said in a statement.
Failure to follow the new regulation could be considered a criminal offence, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) said, without offering details on punishments.
The rules require videos and audio tracks produced using AI or virtual reality technologies to carry clear labels warning users.
The regulations particularly stressed the dangers of "deepfakes," or technology that manipulates videos to appear genuine, but which shows events, or speech, that never happened.
China’s cyberspace authority has warned that these new ‘deepfake’ technologies are harming people by violating their interests, disrupting social order and bringing negative impact to bear on national security and social stability.