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Video Recordings: Disinformation

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN HL176, tabled on 7 January 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans, if any, they have to introduce legislation to ban deepfake videos which promote misinformation.

Answered on

21 January 2020

The Government recognises the potential challenges artificial intelligence and digitally manipulated content such as deepfakes may pose and we are considering these issues carefully as part of work to tackle online manipulation and disinformation.

The Online Harms White Paper sets out our plans for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online. We intend to establish in law a new duty of care on companies towards their users, overseen by an independent regulator. Ahead of the implementation of the new regulatory framework, we continue to work closely with companies to encourage them to take early action to address disinformation and online manipulation on their platforms. Platforms continue to make progress in this area and we welcome these efforts.