X, formerly known as Twitter, has temporarily banned all searches for Taylor Swift after worrying AI-generated photos appeared on the platform.
Last week, explicit s*xual images depicting Taylor Swift surfaced on the internet after the disturbing content was generated by perpetrators using artificial intelligence.
After the worrying deepfake photos appeared on social media, they were viewed by millions of viewers, prompting Taylor Swift to threaten legal action.
Since then, X took the decision to block all searches for the singer until the problem was resolved.
“This is a temporary action and done with an abundance of caution as we prioritize safety on this issue,” head of business operations Joe Benarroch said.
The action comes after X faced harsh criticism over its slow response to the deepfake photos. It seemingly took the company days to track the fake pictures to the original post and suspend the associated account.
Meanwhile, a source close to the Eras Tour mastermind doubled down on the common belief suggesting that fake, AI-generated images can be very dangerous to society.
“Whether or not legal action will be taken is being decided but there is one thing that is clear: these fake AI generated images are abusive, offensive, exploitative, and done without Taylor’s consent and knowledge,” they said.
“The Twitter account that posted them does not exist anymore. It is shocking that the social media platform even let them be up to begin with.”
The insider continued: “These images must be removed from everywhere they exist and should not be promoted by anyone.
“Taylor’s circle of family and friends are furious, as are her fans obviously. They have the right to be, and every woman should be. The door needs to be shut on this. Legislation needs to be passed to prevent this and laws must be enacted.”
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