The United States has banned AI-generated robocalls amid a rise in voice cloning incidents that have scammed thousands of citizens in the country.
Deceptive audio and images created with artificial intelligence are not new, but recent advances in artificial intelligence technology have made them easier to create and more difficult to detect.
“Bad actors are using AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls to extort vulnerable family members, impersonate celebrities, and misinform voters. We are putting the scammers behind these robocalls on notice,” the Federal Communications Commission said.
“Voice cloning,” the FCC said, “can convince the called party that a trusted person, or someone you care about, such as a family member, wants or needs you to take some action that you would not otherwise take.” would take,” the statement added. .
The move comes after a fake robocall impersonating President Joe Biden attempted to discourage people from voting for him in New Hampshire’s Democratic primary.
A cease and desist letter was sent to the company and a criminal investigation is underway, officials said.
“The use of generative AI has brought a new threat to voter suppression schemes and the campaign season with the increased credibility of fake robocalls,” said FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks.
The ruling, which takes effect immediately, allows the regulator to fine companies that use AI-generated voices in their calls or restrict service providers that transmit them.