MeitY Releases Second Warning to Social Media Platforms Regarding Deepfakes

On December 26, 2023, the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) issued another warning to social media platforms about deepfakes. Deepfakes are fake digital content like images, videos, or audios made with advanced artificial intelligence tools. They are causing concern because they look so real that people might get confused.

What’s So Worrisome About Deepfakes?

Deepfakes are not real but look like they are. They use smart computer programs to put one person’s face or voice onto another person’s body or speech. As this technology gets better, it’s harder to tell if something is fake. 

This raises worries because fake videos could show important people saying or doing things they never actually did. This might spread wrong information or change what people think.

First Warning in November 2022

In November 2022, MeitY told social media platforms to find and delete fake videos called deepfakes. Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said deepfakes are a big problem that needs serious action.

Recent Deepfake Troubles

Recently, videos of Indian actress Rashmika Mandanna and veteran actress Kajol went viral, showing how troubling deepfakes can be.

Second Warning Talks About Following Rules

The new warning on December 26th tells social media sites to follow the rules set in 2021 about what can be posted online. It tells them to let users know that posting fake or wrong things is not allowed under these rules.

Upcoming Regulations to Control Deepfakes

The government is working on making new rules to control deepfakes. Ashwini Vaishnav said they want to finish these rules in the next few weeks. The rules will focus on stopping deepfakes before they get posted, preventing them from spreading widely, making it easier to report them, and telling people more about the dangers of deepfakes.

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