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Sen. Cruz pushes bipartisan bill against revenge porn

Sen. Cruz pushes bipartisan bill against revenge porn

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Sen. Ted Cruz is leading a bipartisan effort to address the issue of revenge pornography. The proposed legislation aims to make the dissemination and creation of non-consensual explicit images, including AI-generated deepfakes, illegal.

Elliston Berry, a 15-year-old student from Aledo High School, shared her experience of being a victim of deepfake revenge porn. In October, a classmate used an AI program to turn innocent photos of Elliston and her friends into deepfake nudes and circulated them on Snapchat. Elliston’s mother, Anna McAdams, said, “These images are child pornography.

These girls were 14 years old.

Their innocence was taken that day.” McAdams tried for months to get Snapchat to take down the photos, but the company only complied after Sen.

Bipartisan effort against deepfake pornography

Cruz complained.

The proposed bill, called the “Take It Down Act,” would require social media platforms to develop a process to remove deepfake images within 48 hours of receiving a valid request from a victim. The Federal Trade Commission would be responsible for enforcing these rules.

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Sen. Dick Durbin has introduced a separate bill that would allow victims of non-consensual deepfakes to sue individuals who created, possessed, or distributed the images. However, Sen.

Cynthia Lummis blocked Durbin’s bill, arguing it was overly broad and could hinder technological innovation in the U.S.

As the Senate debates these competing bills, the focus remains on crafting effective legislation to combat the growing problem of deepfake pornography. The outcome of these legislative efforts will significantly impact the responsibility and regulatory obligations of social media platforms in handling AI-generated content.

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