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Seòmar agus comataidhean

Deepfakes and Intimate Image-based Abuse

  • Submitted by: Pauline McNeill, Glasgow, Scottish Labour.
  • Date lodged: Tuesday, 26 March 2024
  • Motion reference: S6M-12599

That the Parliament recognises what it considers to be the developing threat of deepfake technology to women specifically; understands that, due to increased access and rapid adoption of artificial intelligence (AI)-based technologies, there is a significant risk that deepfakes may become a powerful and dangerous tool for gender-based violence; considers that AI can be used by a perpetrator to generate without consent images of an intimate and sexually-explicit nature of their partner, ex-partner or of a third party, and that such material may be distributed, or threatened to be distributed, for the purpose of controlling, punishing and/or damaging the reputation of that woman; further considers that women are disproportionately affected by intimate image-based abuse, including deepfakes, and that the spread of manipulated images can profoundly impact the mental health and subsequent quality of life of victims; supports the goals of the Control AI campaign to regulate AI technology, and calls on the UK Government to recognise what it believes to be the growing threat of deepfake technology to the security and dignity of women globally, and to consider legislating for stronger controls and obligations throughout the supply chain to stop the creation and spread of deepfakes.

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Stephanie Callaghan, Maggie Chapman, Foysol Choudhury, Katy Clark, Jackie Dunbar, Pam Duncan-Glancy, Annabelle Ewing, Kenneth Gibson, Bill Kidd, Fulton MacGregor, John Mason, Ivan McKee, Stuart McMillan, Mark Ruskell, Colin Smyth, Kevin Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Elena Whitham