Legislators in the US have introduced the DEFIANCE (Disrupt Explicit Forged Images and Non-Consensual Edits) Act of 2024 aimed at censoring deepfake content on the internet. This legislative response comes in the wake of a disturbing incident
involving Taylor Swift, whose likeness was exploited in AI-generated explicit images that circulated widely on social media platforms.
The DEFIANCE Act takes holds creator accountable for the dissemination of digitally forged, sexually explicit
content. The primary focus of the legislation is to empower victims, particularly women, allowing them to seek legal recourse against those responsible for creating and spreading deepfakes. US Senator Josh Hawley, a key proponent of the DEFIANCE Act,
emphasized the importance of protecting innocent individuals from being featured in AI-generated pornography. He stated:
Nobody--neither celebrities nor ordinary Americans--should ever have to find themselves featured in
AI pornography. Innocent people have a right to defend their reputations and hold perpetrators accountable in court. This bill will make that a reality. Safeguarding Victims