The FCC bans robocalls with AI-generated voices

Create a 3:2 aspect ratio illustration in an uplifting and positive style, reminiscent of pre-1912 animation. The image should depict the triumph of the law over dishonest robocall practices. Show a symbolic representation of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) as a giant, protective shield. Imagine a phone in the center of the shield, emanating own light to ward off dark, crooked, robotic figures with artificial, metallic voices. These figures represent robocalls using AI-generated voices. Among the crowd of dark figures, indicate a thwarted scam attempt, perhaps a figure holding a mask of an unknown public figure. Illustrate the environment as brightly-colored to represent the positive change and the newly restored safety and security given by this FCC ruling.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has made it illegal for robocalls to use AI-generated voices. The ruling allows state attorneys general to take action against callers using AI voice cloning technology. AI-generated voices are now considered artificial or prerecorded voices under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). This means that callers cannot use AI-generated voices for non-emergency purposes or without prior consent. The ruling clarifies that AI-powered voice cloning falls under the TCPA’s scope. The use of AI-generated voices in unsolicited robocalls has been a problem, with scammers using them to extort vulnerable individuals, imitate celebrities, and spread misinformation. State attorneys general now have new tools to crack down on these scams and protect the public. The FCC’s ruling gives them the power to hold scam artists accountable solely for using AI-generated voices. The scrutiny of AI voices in robocalls has increased recently, with a case in New Hampshire where an AI voice impersonated President Joe Biden and told people not to vote. The FCC has taken action against the companies involved in that robocall.

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