X, under the leadership of Elon Musk, has implemented a search block for Taylor Swift following the widespread circulation of AI-generated explicit images of the popular singer on its platform last week.
Millions of users had viewed Swift's manipulated images before X took action to remove them, facing criticism for the delayed response. Now, when users attempt to search for Taylor Swift on the platform, a message appears stating, "Something went wrong. Try reloading."
X described this move as a "temporary action" taken to prioritize safety on the platform. The company emphasized its commitment to a zero-tolerance policy regarding such content and stated that teams were actively working to remove identified images and take appropriate actions against the responsible accounts.
In response to the incident, the White House advocated for legislation to protect individuals from deepfakes generated by AI. The spread of manipulated images of Swift prompted White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to label the situation as "alarming." The Joe Biden administration has been prioritizing AI-related issues, with a focus on addressing the challenges posed by deepfakes.
Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella expressed concern over the explicit AI-generated Swift images, describing them as "alarming and terrible." Meanwhile, reports suggest that Swift is considering potential legal action against the website responsible for generating the deepfakes.
(With Agency Inputs)