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The F.C.C. has outlawed AI-generated robocalls due to concerns over election disinformation and consumer fraud. The decision clarifies that these spam calls are illegal under a three-decade-old law aimed at curbing junk phone calls. It expands the power of states to prosecute creators of unsolicited spam robocalls.
"Bad actors are using A.I.-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, imitate celebrities and misinform voters."
Concerns have grown about the use of AI to replicate the voices and images of politicians and celebrities, particularly ahead of the U.S. presidential election. A recent example was a robocall with a faked voice of President Biden, instructing voters to abstain from voting. The state attorney general office has opened a criminal investigation into the Texas-based company behind the robocall.
"A.I. has also been used to create deep-fake videos and ads mimicking the voices and images of celebrities and politicians."