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April 29, 2024

The Reclaim Coalition featured in Ms. Magazine

The Reclaim Coalition to End Online Image-based Sexual Violence is featured in Ms. Magazine.

The article, The Rise of Deepfakes Demands Legislative Action, posits that a national legislative framework targeting AI-generated explicit and nonconsensual content would enable a more comprehensive approach to addressing the causes and consequences of deepfake sexual violence.

Every time you read the news, there’s another story about AI, deepfake abuse, and the ongoing debate on how to regulate these rapidly advancing technologies. Encountering multiple instances of online sexual violence driven by AI-generated deepfake technology is deeply unsettling. Women represent 99 percent of those targeted by deepfake “pornography,” which makes up 98 percent of all deepfake videos online. Urgent action is needed, and effective legislation is a critical starting point.

Thousands of women and girls have experienced this form of gender-based violence already, and it’s exacerbated by the advancing accessibility and sophistication of technology. In 2023 alone, the volume of deepfake abuse videos surpassed the total of all previous years combined, with the number of nonconsensual videos doubling annually.

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