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Deepfake has emerged as a new threat, new regulation soon: Ashwini Vaishnaw


Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT Ashwini Vaishnaw today chaired a meeting with social media platforms to discuss the issue of deepfakes and said the government will come up with new regulations in the coming weeks to tackle it.


Vaishnaw said deepfake has emerged as a new threat in the society, adding that the companies have agreed on the need for clear actionable work in areas such as detection, prevention, strengthening of reporting mechanism, and raising user awareness.

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“We will start drafting regulation today itself, and within a short time we will have a new set of regulations for deepfakes … this could be in the form of amending existing framework or bringing new rules, or new law,” Vaishnaw said.

“We will have our next meeting in the first week of December…that will be on follow-up action on today’s decisions, and also on what should be included in the draft regulation,” Vaishnaw said.

ET had reported on Tuesday that the government will meet senior executives from social media and other internet companies on Thursday to discuss the issue of the growing prevalence of deepfakes on the internet and ways to prevent such content.

This comes after the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology had issued an advisory to all social media and internet intermediaries, asking them to take strict action on any deepfake content under the provisions of the IT Rules and IT Act.

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On Saturday, Vaishnaw said that his ministry would meet social media and internet intermediaries to brainstorm ways in which the spread of deepfake photos and videos could be contained.Last Friday, prime minister Narendra Modi had also raised the issue and termed it as a serious threat. Modi had also said that deepfake content should carry disclaimers for viewers.

(With inputs from PTI)

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