Chinese regulators talk with Alibaba, Tencent on internet deepfakes
Updated 18:38, 18-Mar-2021
Alibaba's office building in Beijing on March 31, 2019. /VCG

Alibaba's office building in Beijing on March 31, 2019. /VCG

China's cyberspace regulator and public security ministry had held talks with 11 companies including Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance on potential internet security problems, the regulator said on Thursday.

The move is aimed at strengthening security assessment of new internet technologies and applications related to deepfakes and audio social apps. 

Deepfakes use artificial intelligence to create hyper-realistic but fake videos or audios where a person appears to say or do something they did not.

China has increased supervision on its internet giants in recent months, citing concerns over monopolistic behavior and potential infringement of consumer rights.

Regulators also told the companies to "conduct security assessments on their own" and submit reports to the government when they plan to add new functions or new information services that "appears with the attributes of public opinion or have the ability to mobilize society," the statement said.

(With input from Reuters)

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