News: China regulators held talks with Alibaba, Tencent, nine others on ‘deepfake’ tech.
BEIJING (Reuters) – Chinese regulators recently invited eleven domestic tech companies, including Alibaba Group, Tencent and ByteDance, to talks about using “deepfake” technologies on their content platforms to strengthen control over the sector.
China’s cyberspace administrator said in a statement Thursday that he and the Ministry of Public Security met with the companies to discuss possible problems with counterfeit technology. Kuaishou Technology and Xiaomi Corp also attended the meeting, it said.
All companies did not immediately respond to requests for comments.
Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create hyper-realistic but fake videos or audios in which a person appears to be saying or doing something that they haven’t done.
China has tightened controls on its internet giants in recent months, citing concerns about monopoly behavior and possible violations of consumer rights.
Regulators also urged companies to “conduct safety assessments themselves” and report to the government if they want to add new features or new information services that “have the ability to mobilize society,” the statement said.
Reporting by Yingzhi Yang and Tony Munroe; Additional coverage by Josh Horwitz in Shanghai and Pei Li in Hong Kong; Adaptation by Muralikumar Anantharaman
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