Rashmika Mandanna Deepfake Video: What Are The Laws Against Deepfake Videos, Morphed Pics? Know All Legal Remedies

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Rashmika Mandanna Deepfake Video: What Are The Laws Against Deepfake Videos, Morphed Pics? Know All Legal Remedies

Rashmika Mandanna made it to the headlines earlier on Monday due to her viral deepfake video. This AI-manipulated video got everyone talking about how the technology is being misused. Soon after, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar listed laws against deepfake videos, morphed pictures and misinformation. In line with the same, we spoke to Advocate Ridhi Thakkar about the laws and actions that can be taken in such cases.

IT Minister Says Rashmika Mandanna’s Video Must Be Removed Within 36 Hours

Taking to X (formerly Twitter), IT Minister Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that as pe the IT Rules notified in April 2023, all digital platforms are legally obligated to ensure that no user posts misinformation and if such content is reported by a user or government, the same has to be removed within 36 hours. Further, the minister highlighted that if the same is not done, then the aggrieved party can take the platform to court under the concerned provisions of the Indian Penal Code. He also took the opportunity to point out that the latest deepfake technology is an even more dangerous and damaging form of misinformation and platforms need to deal with the same at the earliest.

Advocate Explains What Is Deepfake Technology

Discussing cyber crimes and deepfake technology, Advocate Ridhi Thakkar shared what deepfake is and revealed how it AI is used to create deepfake content. “Deepfake is a type of cybercrime in which someone’s identity is replicated using AI Technology to spread false information. Technology is used extensively to create deepfake videos, clips and other content and these are created by manipulating a video or audio clip with the help of Artificial Intelligence which is very easily accessible on the internet today. What’s worse is that it looks very convincing and it’s very difficult to tell the difference between real and fake,” said the Advocate.

Elaborating how AI is put to the wrong use to commit cyber crimes, Adv Ridhi said, “Usually, cyber criminals use facial mapping technology to create an accurate facial symmetry data and then they use it to swap the face of the person onto that of another person’s. Voice mapping technology is also used to create an exact copy of someone’s voice. As technology has grown and sophisticated tools have become accessible, we’ve seen a rise in the use of AI by cyber criminals for fraudulent activities and deepfake is just another example of its use.”

Also Read: How To Identify Deepfake Videos Online Like Rashmika Mandanna’s? 10 Telltale Signs Of AI Manipulation

Lawyer Lists Laws Against Deepfake Technology

Deepfake videos are the talk of the town these days, says Advocate Ridhi Thakkar. Speaking about the laws against it, she said, “Section 66 (e) of the Information Technology Act of 2000 is applicable in the cases of deepfake technology which involve capturing, publishing or transmitting images of a person in mass media, violating their privacy. This offence is punishable with imprisonment of up to 3 years or with a fine of up to Rs 2 lakhs or with both. In such cases, the offender is punishable with imprisonment or fine but only if the accused is proven of committing the offence,” says the Advocate.

What Other Legal Remedies Are Available To The Aggrieved Person In Such Cases?

Advocate Ridhi Thakkar also spoke about the legal remedies available to a person in the case of a deepfake video like Rashmika Mandanna. “If proven guilty, the accused can be convicted under the Information Technology Act of 2000. This also amounts to defamation as the person Rashmika Mandanna’s case has harmed the image of a public figure on social media which is covered in Sections 499 and 500 of the Indian Penal Code and is punishable with simple imprisonment of up to 2 years or with fine or with both,” revealed the Advocate.

However, it is important to note that so far, there is no law or rule that specifically applies to AI-manipulated content such as deepfakes.

If you or anyone you know has been a victim of any such cybercrime, kindly file a report with the nearest Police Station or with the Police Cyber Cell.

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