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us-china-antimonopoly-analysis/analysis-china-delivers-on-threats-to-rein-in-internet-economyChina’s internet watchdog said it had summoned 11 firms including Alibaba, Tencent and ByteDance to discuss “deepfakes”, which use artificial intelligence to create hyper-realistic but fake videos or audios where a person appears to say or do something they did not.
It also told the companies to “conduct security assessments on their own” and flag new functions or services that “have the ability to mobilise society”, an apparent reference to the surge in Chinese copycats of U.S. audio app Clubhouse, which was blocked by Chinese censors in early February.
Reuters reported last month that Chinese tech giants were lawyering up, anticipating a widening crackdown.