China made deepfakes illegal

The Chinese government has legislatively banned the use of deepfakes and other similar artificial intelligence technologies in the media. The corresponding law comes into force on January 1, 2020.

From that day on, everyone who still decides to use AI to submit information will be obliged to report that it is not real.

This legal requirement is dictated by the interests of China's national security and is designed to nip fake news and political disinformation in the bud. The law prohibiting deepfakes is, to some extent, a continuation of the country's government's policy of tightening control over its citizens on the Internet.

According to the Internet edition Verge, it has some similarities with a similar California law passed in October. California law does not mention deepfake technology, but it also prohibits the publication in the media of misleading information about candidates for elected public office in order to defraud voters.

China's new law gives the government the right to prosecute deepfake publishers and the platforms that host them.