After weeks of back and forth the US Federal Election Commission (FEC) has decided, that it may introduce rules governing the use of artificial intelligence-generated content in political ads.

In early August, the FEC voted to open a petition, which could mean new rules governing campaign use of artificial intelligence could go into effect before the end of this year. The petition, filed by advocacy group Public Citizen, calls on the commission to create rules that prohibit candidates and political parties from using artificial intelligence to misrepresent their opponents.

“The need to regulate deep spoofing and other false uses of AI in election advertising grows more urgent every day,” said Public Citizen’s Lisa Gilbert. “The FEC’s decision to proceed with a public comment period is an encouraging sign that AI’s threat to our democracy may finally be taken seriously.”

The US Federal Election Commission’s vote comes after a sudden interest in regulating artificial intelligence from both Congress and the White House. In May, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee that lawmakers should quickly pass new regulations governing the field.

Source: The Verge