For days now, Taylor Swift has been a major subject of discussion, after an AI generated images of her surfaced.
Now the SAG-AFTRA has publicly condemned the circulation of those images on social media.
It labeled them as “upsetting, harmful and deeply concerning.”
The actors’ union reiterated its stance in favor of legislation to outlaw the dissemination of such images without consent.
The union echoed the need for legal action against those responsible for the development and distribution of fake images, particularly those of a lewd nature, without the individual’s consent.
They stressed the urgency of enacting laws to control these technologies before it becomes too late.
SAG-AFTRA has been actively advocating for state and federal laws to prohibit the distribution of “deepfake” pornographic images that replicate a person’s likeness without their consent.
The issue gained prominence in Washington following the circulation of these images on social media platforms.
At a White House press briefing, the press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre, expressed concern over the issue. Karine emphasized the necessity of legislation to address this alarming issue.
Representative Joe Morelle introduced the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act.
It received praise from SAG-AFTRA President Fran Drescher. Drescher emphasized that sexual abuse, whether physical or digital, should never be tolerated.
NO AI FRAUDS Act
SAG-AFTRA voiced support for the NO AI FRAUDS Act.
This Act aims to prohibit the use of artificial intelligence to distribute fake replicas of real people without their consent, regardless of the content’s nature.
At the end, they successfully secured contract provisions that mandate consent and payment for the use of AI to digitally make an actor.
SAG-AFTRA maintained unwavering solidarity for Taylor Swift and all women impacted by privacy violations.
The union’s statement conveyed a resolute tone, emphasizing the importance of protecting individuals from such infringements on their privacy and autonomy.