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In view of the increasing cases of DeepDeck videos, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said yesterday that a meeting between government officials and major social media platforms will be held in the next 3 to 4 days. In this meeting, everyone will discuss the rules for deepfake videos and how it can be controlled. The Union Minister further said that the safeguard of Safe Harbor immunity will be revoked if the platforms fail to take adequate measures to tackle the spread of deepfakes. That means, the exemption given to social media companies will be abolished.

Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnav said that the government has sent a notice to all major social media companies asking them to take action on the deepfake video on the platform and take necessary steps to remove it. He said that the companies have responded to the notice and everyone is working on it. Recently, PM Modi had also highlighted the misuse of AI and asked media organizations to make people aware about it. He said that the government is making every possible effort to make a law on AI and talks are also going on with Open AI on this subject. 

Big companies like Google and Meta will be included in the meeting 

Ashwini Vaishnav said in a statement to journalists that companies are taking action on the notice sent by the government. But we feel that many more steps have to be taken and we are going to hold a meeting of all the platforms very soon…maybe the government will hold a meeting in the next 3-4 days. In this meeting all the ideas will be brainstormed and how misuse of AI can be reduced will be discussed. There will also be a discussion on how AI can be beneficial for humans.

*Under the Safe Harbor immunity, an online platform cannot be held responsible for the content posted on it by users. But if the companies do not take any action on deepfakes, then this exemption will be withdrawn from them and then the company will also be held responsible.

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