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Attorneys Send Letter to PornHub Urging Them to Close Loophole

Top lawyers from 26 states, including South Dakota’s Marty Jackley, are asking a big company to make changes to their website, PornHub, to keep kids safer online.

Marty Jackley, the main lawyer of South Dakota, and 25 other main lawyers from different states, have told Aylo (the company that owns PornHub) that there’s a problem with their website. Right now, anyone can upload videos to PornHub, and there’s no way to check who they are.

Jackley said, “Because there’s no way to check, bad people could put up videos of kids and other victims to earn money.”

All these lawyers have written a letter to Aylo. They reminded the company that it’s against the law to share bad pictures or videos of kids. They want Aylo to make some changes to protect kids better.

Jackley also shared that in South Dakota, they are planning to make a new rule in 2024. This rule will say that making fake bad pictures of kids using computers is a crime.

Other top lawyers who signed this letter are from states like Alabama, Florida, Texas, and many more.

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Apple Started to Remove Apps for Creating AI-Generated Adult

Apple has taken action against three apps on its App Store after they were found to be advertising capabilities to create AI-generated pornographic images. These apps, which were misleadingly described as “art generators,” actually offered features that could simulate nude images of individuals without their consent. This function has the potential to be misused for harassment or blackmail.

The issue was highlighted by 404 Media, which reported to Apple about these apps advertising on Instagram and adult websites with promises to “Undress any girl for free.” Despite the capabilities being hidden, some apps also featured face swap technology for adult content. Apple struggled initially to locate these problematic apps until specific links and advertisements were provided by 404 Media.

These apps had been available on the App Store since as early as 2022, and appeared innocent enough to both Apple and Google, escaping scrutiny by being listed on their respective platforms. Even after the discovery, there was a delay in their removal; the apps were allowed to remain available as long as they ceased their inappropriate advertising. However, the oversight continued until Google eventually removed one from the Play Store earlier this year for failing to comply with these conditions.

This incident comes at a sensitive time for Apple as it prepares to announce significant AI enhancements to iOS 18 and Siri at the upcoming Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) in June. The company is making efforts to maintain a clean corporate image, which includes licensing content legally for AI training amidst growing concerns over copyright issues in the industry. This situation poses a challenge to Apple’s efforts to keep its reputation untarnished in the evolving AI landscape.

Source: phonearena.com, 404 Media

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Alabama Expands Laws Against AI-Generated Abuse

Alabama has strengthened its child pornography laws by including AI-generated deepfake images, a response to a distressing cyberbullying incident involving deepfakes at a local middle school. Governor Kay Ivey emphasized the importance of adapting legislation to safeguard children against emerging digital threats.

In a significant legislative move, Governor Kay Ivey of Alabama signed a new bill on Tuesday that broadens the state’s child pornography laws to prohibit the creation of deepfake images using artificial intelligence. This bill, known as HB168, was prompted by a cyberbullying case at Demopolis Middle School where deepfake technology was maliciously used.

During a speech, Governor Ivey expressed her commitment to ensuring that technological advancements do not compromise public safety, particularly the safety of young individuals. “As we navigate this rapidly changing world, safeguarding our children becomes paramount, and this legislation is a step in that direction,” she remarked.

The Alabama Child Protection Act of 2024 was crafted by State Senator April Weaver and Representative Matt Woods in response to an incident where images of six female students were digitally manipulated to appear in inappropriate contexts, causing considerable distress. This incident came to light at a school board meeting in December and has since been under investigation by local law enforcement and federal agents.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall lauded the new law as a critical measure in combating child exploitation. “Alabama is setting a precedent with this strict stance against AI-generated child exploitation material. Our state demonstrates unequivocal intolerance towards such abuses,” Marshall stated. He also noted that the real challenge lies ahead in effectively implementing this law to deter future violations and support ongoing enforcement efforts.

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Pornhub May Block Florida Over New Child Safety Law

This week, Florida’s new legislation, HB 3, garnered attention for its strict stance on social media usage by minors under 14, requiring parental consent. Yet, another provision demanding age verification on explicit websites to protect children drew less public focus. Governor Ron DeSantis emphasized this law aims to shield minors from inappropriate online content.

However, Pornhub and its parent company, Aylo, have raised concerns. Aylo’s spokesperson stated that while they support the objective to deter minors from accessing adult content, they believe Florida’s approach of mandating ID checks for age verification on adult sites, similar to laws in states like Louisiana and Texas, is flawed. They argue these measures have not stopped individuals from accessing pornography; instead, it has driven them to unregulated sites, increasing the risk for both adults and minors. The company reported an 80% drop in traffic in Louisiana after enforcing ID requirements.

Aylo criticizes these laws for potentially making the internet more perilous, highlighting how users can bypass restrictions using VPNs. The company argues that requiring vast collections of sensitive personal data by hundreds of thousands of adult sites infringes on privacy rights and jeopardizes user safety.

In response, Aylo advocates for a shift towards device-based age verification. This method, they argue, would protect both adult and minor users’ privacy and safety more effectively than current ID checks. Unlike ID verification, device-based solutions leverage parental controls to restrict access to adult content, offering a more secure and privacy-conscious approach.

As a form of protest against ID-required laws, Aylo has already blocked Pornhub access in several states and hints Florida might be next if the law becomes effective on January 1. This stance reflects Aylo’s hope for the government to reevaluate the effectiveness of such laws.

While some officials, like Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, dismiss Pornhub’s withdrawal from their states, Aylo’s broader fight underscores a critical debate over digital age verification laws. The company calls for collaboration with lawmakers to develop more practical, privacy-preserving age verification methods, signaling a continued dialogue on online safety and freedom.

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