State of the Art: California Bans Political Deepfakes During Election Season

By David Schonauer   Tuesday October 22, 2019

California has passed a law meant to prevent altered “deepfake” videos from influencing elections, in a plan that has raised free speech concerns, notes The Verge. The law, which makes it a crime to distribute audio or video that gives a false, damaging impression of a politician’s words or actions, applies to any candidate within 60 days of an election. News media are exempt from the requirement, as are videos made for satire or parody. Potentially deceptive video or audio will also be allowed if it includes a disclaimer noting that it’s fake. The law will sunset in 2023.

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