Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday raised concern over the deepfake videos and described them as one of the biggest threats facing the system at present.
Modi’s remarks came days after deepfake videos of Indian film actresses surfaced on social media, triggering an outrage in the country.
Modi flagged the misuse of artificial intelligence (AI) for creating deepfake videos while addressing the media at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) headquarters in New Delhi.
“During the times of AI, it is important that technology should be used responsibly,” Modi said.
Deepfake is a video of a person made by using AI tools to digitally alter faces and bodies so that they appear to be someone else. It is typically done maliciously or to spread false information.
The Indian prime minister said that he had asked the ChatGpt team to flag deepfakes and issue a warning when such videos are circulated on the internet, asking the media to educate people about the issue.
Last week, India’s Federal Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology issued an advisory to social media intermediaries to identify misinformation and deepfakes, saying such cases must be expeditiously actioned against.
The Federal Junior Minister for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said deepfakes are a major violation and harm women in particular.