YouTube takes aim at AI generated imposters in videos


YouTube plans to start requiring creators to disclose when realistic video content was made using AI so viewers can be informed with labels. — AFP

SAN FRANCISCO: YouTube on Nov 14 said it will soon allow users to request that artificial intelligence-created imposters be removed from the platform, and will require labels on videos featuring realistic-looking “synthetic” content.

New rules aimed at AI-generated video material will go into force in the coming months as fears mount over the technology being abused to promote scams and misinformation, or even to falsely depict people appearing in pornography.

"We'll make it possible to request the removal of AI-generated or other synthetic or manipulated content that simulates an identifiable individual, including their face or voice," YouTube product management vice presidents Emily Moxley and Jennifer Flannery O'Connor said in a blog post.

In evaluating removal requests, the Alphabet-owned site will consider whether videos are parodies and whether the real people depicted can be identified.

YouTube also plans to start requiring creators to disclose when realistic video content was made using AI so viewers can be informed with labels.

"This could be an AI-generated video that realistically depicts an event that never happened, or content showing someone saying or doing something they didn't actually do," Moxley and O'Connor said in the post.

"This is especially important in cases where the content discusses sensitive topics, such as elections, ongoing conflicts and public health crises, or public officials."

Video makers violating the disclosure rule may have content removed from YouTube or be suspended from its partner program that shares ad revenue, according to the platform.

"We're also introducing the ability for our music partners to request the removal of AI-generated music content that mimics an artist's unique singing or rapping voice," Moxley and O'Connor added.

Elsewhere on the internet, Meta last week said that advertisers will soon have to disclose on its platforms when AI or other software is used to create or alter imagery or audio in political ads.

The requirement will take effect globally at Facebook and Instagram at the start of next year, parent company Meta said.

Advertisers will also have to reveal when AI is used to create completely fake yet realistic people or events, according to Meta.

Meta will add notices to ads to let viewers know what they are seeing or hearing is the product of software tools, the company said.

"The world in 2024 may see multiple authoritarian nation states seek to interfere in electoral processes," warned a recent blog post from Microsoft's chief legal officer Brad Smith and corporate vice president Teresa Hutson, whose company runs the trailblazing generative AI platform ChatGPT.

"And they may combine traditional techniques with AI and other new technologies to threaten the integrity of electoral systems." – AFP

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