Headline RoundupFebruary 18th, 2024

Big Tech Announces Pledge to Combat Voter Manipulation by AI

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Several tech giants have signed an agreement to work collaboratively to address the issue of deceptive artificial intelligence (AI) being used to interfere with this year's global elections. 

The Details: A group of 20 companies, including Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, Meta, Microsoft, OpenAI, Snap, TikTok, and X, pledged to create tools to counteract the distribution of manipulative AI-generated content created to mislead voters. The accord was announced on Friday at the Munich Security Conference. Besides committing to creating tools to detect misleading AI-generated content, the companies also pledged to work on educating the public and increasing transparency.

For Context: The increasing use of AI and deepfake technology has raised concerns about its ability to manipulate public opinion. Recently, deceitful AI impersonating President Biden urged New Hampshire voters not to participate in the state's primary election.

Key Quotes: Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta Platforms, said, “I think the utility of this (accord) is the breadth of the companies signing up to it,” adding that without a concerted effort from big tech, they would “be stuck with a hodgepodge of different commitments.”

How the Media Covered It: Reuters (Center bias) added that generative AI is already being used to influence voters. USA TODAY (Lean Left bias) highlighted the potency of deepfake technology. Washington Examiner (Lean Right bias) included context on federal lawmakers’ current sentiments towards AI legislation.

"This summary was developed with the help of AllSides' AI technology."

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