Feb 1, 2024

X blocks searches for Taylor Swift on its site

Social media platform X has blocked searches for Taylor Swift after explicit AI-generated images of the singer began circulating on the site. Posts and accounts sharing the fake images were flagged by her fans, who populated the platform with real images and videos of her, using the words "Protect Taylor Swift". It is unclear when X began blocking searches for Swift on the site, or whether the site has blocked searches for other public figures or terms in the past. US politicians have also called for new laws to criminalise the creation of deepfake images. A study in 2023 found that there has been a 550% rise in the creation of doctored images since 2019, fuelled by the emergence of AI. There are currently no federal laws against the sharing or creation of deepfake images, though there have been moves at state level to tackle the issue.

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