Democrat Senators Demand Right To Censor Internet So AI Can’t Produce ‘Misinformation’

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Democrat senators have demanded the right to control and censor the internet to protect against the possibility of AI producing content they deem “misinformation.”

On Tuesday, during the first Senate hearing on generative AI, lawmakers made move to seize control of the internet, using the emergence of generative AI as an excuse.

The hearing was titled “Oversight of A.I.: Rules for Artificial Intelligence” and several senators quizzed the witnesses, OpenAI CEO Sam Altman, IBM Chief Privacy & Trust Officer Christina Montgomery, and NYU Professor Emeritus Gary Marcus, on how generative AI could be censored or restricted so that it couldn’t create content that they consider to be misinformation.

Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) said: “We just can’t let people make stuff up and then not have any consequence.”

She also complained that the OpenAI’s generative AI chatbot, ChatGPT, had produced false information after her team asked it to create a tweet about a polling location in Bloomington, Minnesota, and used this example to suggest that “all kinds of misinformation” could be generated during elections.

ReclaimtheNet report: Altman told Klobuchar that OpenAI is concerned about the impact on elections and said: “Hopefully the entire industry and government can work together quickly.”

While he noted that ChatGPT is different to social media because it’s used to generate content, not distribute it, Altman still assured Klobuchar that OpenAI is censoring ChatGPT outputs by refusing to generate certain things and monitoring activity so that it can detect when users generate lots of content.

Ironically, Klobuchar responded to Altman by invoking “what happened in the past with Russian interference and the like” as a justification for cracking down.

The claim that Russia interfered with the 2016 presidential election and manipulated social media has been pushed by several pro-censorship politicians who argue that false claims that are unsupported by facts are dangerous. Yet there’s very little evidence to support this mass Russian interference claim, with both Twitter officials and a report from Special Counsel John Durham finding a lack of evidence when investigating claims.

Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) suggested that the AI-generated images of former President Donald Trump being arrested that went viral in March were “harmful,” complained that such images may not be classed as harmful by OpenAI, and pushed for “guardrails that we need to protect…literally our country from harmful content.”

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) indicated that he supported banning generative AI model outputs “involving elections” and asked the witnesses what other outputs they think should be banned or restricted.

Montgomery said “misinformation” is a “hugely important” area to look at. Marcus said “medical misinformation” is “something to really worry about” and called for “tight regulation.”

Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) proposed creating a federal right of action that “will allow private individuals who are harmed by this technology to get into court” and sue generative AI companies when they’re given “medical misinformation” or “election misinformation.”

Marcus pushed back against the suggestion, suggesting that it would “make a lot of lawyers wealthy” but be “too slow to affect a lot of the things we care about.”

Marcus added that it’s not clear whether Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act (CDA), which gives online platforms immunity from civil liability for user-generated content on their platform if they moderate the content in “good faith,” does or does not apply to generative AI. This led Hawley to suggest that lawmakers will create a new law that specifies Section 230 doesn’t apply to generative AI.

Senator Chris Coon (D-DE) said “disinformation that can influence elections” is “entirely predictable” and lamented that Congress has so far been unsuccessful in applying social media disinformation regulations. He asked the witnesses whether the EU’s direction is the right path to follow (a reference to the European Union’s far-reaching AI Act which regulates AI based on risk and bans certain uses of AI).

Montgomery said the EU approach “makes a ton of sense” and that “guardrails need to be in place.”

Coons also characterized AI’s ability to deliver “wildly incorrect information” as a “substantial risk” and said AI needs to be regulated. He asked Altman how OpenAI decides whether a model is “safe enough to deploy.”

Altman said OpenAI spent well over six months setting the safety standards for GPT-4, the latest version of the large language model that powers ChatGPT, and trying to find the “harms.”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested that Section 230 was a “mistake.” He inferred that users should be able to sue platforms if they allow “slander” or fail to enforce their terms of service against actions such as “bullying.”

He asked all of the witnesses to agree that “we don’t want to do that again” and that there should be “liability where people are harmed.”

Marcus noted that there’s a “fundamental distinction between reproducing content and generating content” but still agreed there should be liability when people are harmed. Montgomery said IBM wants to “condition liability on a reasonable care standard.” Altman said Section 230 isn’t the right framework and pushed for “a totally new approach.”

While senators from both sides of the aisle are eager to force AI companies to censor content that’s deemed to be misinformation, none of them mentioned that social media censorship based on this vague, subjective term has led to mass censorship of truthful content, such as the Hunter Biden laptop story and statements about the Covid vaccine not preventing transmission.

Senator Hirono’s comments also indicate that lawmakers have no qualms about applying these sweeping censorship rules to AI-generated memes or similar content that’s not intended to be taken seriously. While some people did think the AI-generated Trump arrest images that Hirono referenced were real, many knew they weren’t real and saw them as a fun way to experiment with AI as Trump’s arrest loomed.

Not only did concerns about over-censorship never get addressed during this hearing but the dominant AI companies are already starting to censor what their tools will output.

The CEO of Midjourney, the generative AI tool that was used to create the viral Trump arrest images, has admitted that Midjourney blocks various prompts, including prompts that attempt to create images featuring Chinese President Xi Jinping.

OpenAI already censors some outputs and has vowed to implement “safeguards” that address “misinformation.”

Censorship is just one of the restrictions lawmakers are attempting to impose on this potentially transformative technology. Many senators are also big fans of only allowing companies that have a government-approved license to offer generative AI tools.

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry

Baxter Dmitry is a writer at The People's Voice. He covers politics, business and entertainment. Speaking truth to power since he learned to talk, Baxter has travelled in over 80 countries and won arguments in every single one. Live without fear.
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20 Comments

  1. AI will be programmed by them and we wil be deceived into believing it thinks for itself. Always the same, always the opposite.

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          Teresa’s escape from brutal satanic cult and buzzare rituals.
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            Masonic 33rd Degree Lecture on Energy Manipulation.
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          • Masons THINK they are smart but they all live inside the BOX and anyone can learn the feilds of energys but I have never see any mason MANIPULATE anythiny other than a beer or shot at the bar and I know many mansons but most are more lost souls looking to be somebodys, those whom don`t have the dreds to get in the FRAT(ss)

          • HAZE and hazed they know nothing thats WTF they are in the CULT.Secrets is BS haze dazy DUM DUM got GUM GUM.TECH makes for good /BAD witche`s in todays world? of bad hatty-SS

          • IF it still makes HITs and get ADDs unless you fake that which some do than it is possible it will be around but 99% are lost even like the studios 35MM film stocks under lock and key.But if you are still online with a PRODUCT years and years they will steal it away and OWN and market their own Verson.If you are a start UP 99% fail within two years.The provider owns all rights and can sell you off like killer clowns from outer space.Insider techs made their own movie the studios reverted all copyrights away and now they can`t make a new one as the studios OWN all rights.I have comedy all over the world LIFTED internationallly by the studios as MY copyrights are only good in the USA and they make billions off my soory tass but who cares ART is LIFE and no art is death I can make money other ways anyways

          • Plus they will chop it up and put in their own adds.NO one in the world owns their copyrights TODAY the providers do as do the studios….NOT a good age for artistes and 100 year after yas they can do WTF they want with your art anyway cost FREE.MJ`s 98 year old mother is still flighting for MJ`s estate and copyrights.THEY win she dies and the CLUB eats steak again and again and again.YOU CAN~T Beat the system as they own it and built it

          • LIKe gone with your wind???.Tube is newISH they DO run some old junk true, for free,( public domain) if you know WTF that is.Yahoo is dead tub will die our story DOA NEWSTIN way before any fake news you don`t know where or when or whom started the socal news and fake news OR whom won a webby for IT!! JERRY JERRY JERRY!!!

        • IF you have been around since the start up yahoo so on you know they clean out all old files after time about every tens years now.Everything written back on yahoo is gone,Too many files slows the internet and they own the internet and program WTF they want to hits hits hits and sells,Let your products sit and they copy everything they can make a dime on.Had millions of sites some made money after they stole my pass words and than resold those sites time after time after time.FaceBK don`t care WTF you write been there since the start with 100`s of names like everyone else on there.But the sites go dark and dead and you surf ON if your old school.But sooner or later you fall away as hollywood goes Dead and subject matters get lost to old age and generational shifts like every one in the past

        • IF you like a subject ONLINE be sure to put it on a chip as it will be gone sooner than later.I have boxs of papers going back over 30 years now but TIME is running away and those files are worthless to anyone but me,Unless after CONK over someone sees a market again but most of those subjects were marketed to death and don`t fit any generational shifts NOW!!!

  2. Newspunch is all about HITs&adds there has never been free speech online as you well know.It is all sells sell sells.AI is just a new way to sell Smart/phones and apps adds and&hits.The PROVIDERs own all your rights and sell them everyday since the start of the internet and NETWOOKIESS SOUND SCAN/earth mics/CCTV/Catlines and endless tech&techs that encamp and steal you to DEATH!!

  3. SOUNDS SCANNNG since before the britty invasion and CBS stealing rights to 99% of all music in the states

  4. The interNET is the same as CCTV since 1948 and radiotelephones predating Cells,CB hams and closed and open loop broadcasting.The only thing that has changed is the speed of the computers which have always been smart and AI since AC powered them sells sells sells mean new names of old old tech 3G 5G 10 G means nothing but sells

  5. Oh, the insanity. The evil cabal creeps are screaming that they must censor those telling the truth by calling it mis & disinfo. In reality, they are the ones lying about everything & putting out mis/disinfo. Typical upside down satanic world.

  6. Social media and fake news didn`t start in the USA and is international so to censor it is disinfo it`s self.Tics looking for brownie pints.Real SOCial media online started for the most part with FRANTISEK FRANK VRABEL in the ETHIC CLEANSING in CHECHNYA on newstin which he later sold off for ten millions$.IT is now the LARGEST DATABASE in the world.It is mostly DATA ACQUISTION now but back in CHECHNYA it was a underground voice of the people online.I don`t think anyone can stop totally the underground voice of the public on a worldwide base.Inetrnet CB phone whatever it takes history has shown that the people will talk and no one can stop that anyway

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