In light of recent events, the Indian government has formally recognized deep fake technology as a potential threat to democracy. Ashwini Vaishnaw, Minister of Electronics and Information Technology, convened a comprehensive discussion today with key officials from social media platforms, top AI businesses, and prominent experts in the field of AI technology.
The meeting's major goal was to develop effective policies and guidelines to address the worrying rise of deep false material. Minister Vaishnaw emphasized the need to deal with this issue, saying, "Deep fakes pose a serious threat to democracy, spreading rapidly through social media without proper checks." It is critical that we take immediate action to restore trust in society and protect our democratic principles."
India is planning to execute a four-pillar action plan to combat deep fake propagation as part of its strategic response. The primary goals are to detect deep fake and misinformation, prevent its spread, increase reporting methods, and raise public awareness. The administration hopes to complete the draught regulations over the next few weeks.
"We had a fruitful meeting with social media platform representatives, leading AI companies, and AI experts." "We intend to unveil a clear and actionable plan structured around the four pillars within the next 10 days," Minister Vaishnaw stated.
"As we all know, deep fakes are the most serious new threat to democracy." The usage of social media ensures that deep fakery spreads dramatically and quickly. Without any checks, they go viral after a few minutes of being uploaded. As a result, we must act quickly to restore faith in society and safeguard our democracy," Vaishnaw stated.
In the near future, the Ministry intends to hold another meeting in the first week of December to fine-tune and discuss the precise elements that should be included in the draft regulation. The combined effort demonstrates India's commitment to addressing the deep fake threat in a timely and comprehensive manner.
The issue of deep fakes recently erupted into the public eye when a fake video of Bollywood star Rashmika Mandana surfaced. As a result, numerous notable actors, including Amitabh Bachchan, have advocated for legal action to oppose this omnipresent technology. Recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the problem, emphasizing the importance of combating deep fakes.