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UK to outlaw creation of sexually-explicit ‘deepfakes’

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The UK government announced Tuesday that it will legislate to criminalise the creation of sexually-explicit “deepfake” images.

Anyone found guilty of creating fake sexual images of people without their consent will face a criminal record, an unlimited fine and even jail if the image is widely shared, according to the government.

“It is another example of ways in which certain people seek to degrade and dehumanise others – especially women,” said Minister for Victims and Safeguarding Laura Farris.

“It has the capacity to cause catastrophic consequences if the material is shared more widely. This government will not tolerate it.

“This new offence sends a crystal clear message that making this material is immoral, often misogynistic, and a crime,” she added.

The new offence will be introduced through an amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill, which is currently making its way through parliament.

Yvette Cooper, shadow interior minister with the opposition Labour Party, welcomed the announcement.

“Superimposing somebody’s image onto sexually explicit photos and videos is a gross violation of their autonomy and privacy, which can cause enormous harm, and it must not be tolerated,” she said.

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