State Senate passes bill to make distributing deepfake material illegal

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The Pennsylvania Senate passed a bill on Monday that would outlaw the “distribution of salacious or photographic deepfakes.”

The bill was approved unanimously and sent to the House, AP reports.

One provision would make it a crime to distribute an explicit deepfake image of someone without their consent. Another provision would outlaw deepfakes created and sent as child sexual abuse images.

The offense would be more serious if the victim were a minor.

The legislation comes as states are working to update laws in response to recent instances, which have victimized celebrities.

AP reports several states have passed laws to combat the problem. Some states have given victims the ability to sue for damages.

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