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White House, SAG-AFTRA respond as Taylor Swift 'considers legal action' over sexually explicit AI images

Taylor is said to be considering legal action over the site that published the video 

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The White House and SAG-AFTRA have both thrown their support behind Taylor Swift after sexually explicit deep fake photographs were shared online. 

The images, made using AI, circulated on X on Wednesday January 24; it took the company over 17 hours to remove them. 

Taylor Swift attends the 81st Annual Golden Globe Awards at The Beverly Hilton on January 07, 2024 in Beverly Hills, California.© Getty Images
Taylor was the subject of deep fake videos

"We are alarmed by the reports of the of the circulation of images that you just laid out, false images to be more exact, and so while social media companies make their own independent decisions about content management, we believe they have an important role to play in enforcing their own rules to prevent the spread of misinformation and non-consensual intimate imagery of real people," press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a conference on Friday January 26.

"Sadly though, too often, we know that lack of enforcement disproportionately impacts women and they also impact girls who are the overwhelming targets of online harassment and abuse."

She added that the issue is "one that the Biden-Harris Administration has been prioritizing since day one", and continued: “Of course Congress should take legislative action. That’s how you deal with some of these issues.” Watch the White House's response below:

White House responds as Taylor Swift 'considers legal action' over sexually explicit AI images

New York Congressman Joe Morelle has already drafted legislation – the Preventing Deepfakes of Intimate Images Act – that he hopes to push through Congress. 

SAG-AFTRA, the union that supports actors of which Taylor, 34, is a member, also shared a statement and called for technology companies to  “stop exploitation of this nature”. 

“The sexually explicit, A.I.-generated images depicting Taylor Swift are upsetting, harmful, and deeply concerning,” the union said in a statement. “The development and dissemination of fake images — especially those of a lewd nature — without someone’s consent must be made illegal. As a society, we have it in our power to control these technologies, but we must act now before it is too late." 

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Taylor Swift is seen on January 18, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/GC Images)© Gotham
Taylor is said to be planning legal action

“We support Taylor and women everywhere who are the victims of this kind of theft of their privacy and right to autonomy,” the statement concluded.

Taylor has not commented publicly but reports have suggested that she is considering taking legal action. The term deep fake is used when a video or image of a person has been digitally altered so that they appear to be someone else, or be doing something else, than the original videos of images showed. 

Taylor Swift wore a gem embroidered Roberto Cavalli miniskirt and crop top, with sparkling Louboutin booties© Buda Mendes/TAS23
Taylor will soon be returning to the stage

The images came during a week of other troubling news for the 'Bejeweled' singer, as a man was arrested three times in five days for lurking outside her New York City home. David Crowe, 33, from Seattle, now faces charges including stalking, harassment and criminal contempt; a temporary order of protection was also granted. 

According to the police report, he had been spotted outside her home approximately 30 times since November 25, 2023. 

But there is some good news for Taylotr to look forward to, as her boyfriend Travis Kelce will play in the AFC Championship this Sunday in Baltimore, Maryland, where he hopes to win a spot in the Super Bowl with his team, the Kansas City Chiefs, while Taylor herself is bin rehearsals for her Eras Tour, which will kick off the first dates on 2024 in Tokyo, Japan on February 8 before moving on to Australia and Europe.

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