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Huawei and Alibaba Seek Chinese Deepfake Approvals

Updated: Jan 8

Chinese technology giants Huawei and Alibaba are among the companies that have submitted applications to China's cyberspace regulator for approvals related to deepfake technology.

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The Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has received a total of 110 applications from various tech firms seeking permission to use models that manipulate visual and audio data.

The approvals are necessary to comply with regulations set by the CAC in December, which govern the use of deepfake technology. Unlike chatbots that generate new text, images and audio, deepfakes use artificial intelligence (AI) to create visual and audio data that is virtually indistinguishable from the original, making it susceptible to manipulation and misinformation.

The list published by the CAC includes other prominent Chinese tech companies such as Baidu Inc and SenseTime Group. These firms have recently launched AI chatbots to the public after obtaining government approval. However, the deepfake approval process is separate from the regulation of generative AI products.

Deepfake technology has raised concerns globally due to its potential for misuse, including spreading disinformation and manipulating media content. By seeking approvals, companies like Huawei and Alibaba aim to ensure compliance with Chinese regulations and demonstrate responsible use of this technology.

The applications for deepfake approvals highlight the growing interest and investment in AI technologies in China. As the country continues to advance in the field of artificial intelligence, regulations and oversight become crucial to prevent misuse and protect the integrity of visual and audio content.

  • Huawei and Alibaba are among the Chinese companies seeking approvals for deepfake technology.

  • The Cyberspace Administration of China has received 110 applications from tech firms.

  • Deepfake technology uses AI to manipulate visual and audio data.


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