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Elon Musk's X blocks searches of Taylor Swift after abusive deepfake AI chaos

White House also issues statement in support of Taylor Swift

By Web Desk
January 29, 2024
Taylor Swift gestures during a gathering. — AFP/File
Taylor Swift gestures during a gathering. — AFP/File

Taylor Swift's name cannot be found on Elon Musk's X, formerly known as Twitter, an action was done in reaction to the singer's sexually explicit deepfakes doing the rounds on the platform. 

The notice "Something went wrong" will appear if you search for "Taylor Swift" or "Taylor Swift AI" on X at this time. Try loading again, according to Business Today.

Joe Benarroch, X's president of business, admitted the "temporary" measure, which was implemented in order to "prioritise safety," according to a Wall Street Journal story.

For those who don't know, deepfakes are artificial intelligence-generated movies, audio recordings, or photographs that are altered to give the impression that someone is saying or acting in a way they never would. This abusive AI-generated graphic has over 47 million views on X, according to the New York Times.

After the fake AI images surfaced on the internet, X posted: “Posting Non-Consensual Nudity (NCN) images is strictly prohibited on X and we have a zero-tolerance policy towards such content. Our teams are actively removing all identified images and taking appropriate actions against the accounts responsible for posting them. We're closely monitoring the situation to ensure that any further violations are immediately addressed, and the content is removed. We're committed to maintaining a safe and respectful environment for all users.”

White House also issued a statement on the online abuse. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters during a press briefing, "This is very alarming. And so, we're going to do what we can to deal with this issue.”

In a recent interview with NBC, Satya Nadella of Microsoft stated that the problem of deepfakes is "alarming and terrible." "I think it's best for us to move on this quickly," he continued. He also stressed the necessity of "guardrails" in order to address the problem and guarantee the creation of secure online content.