SWIFT Deep Six of Deep Fakes

A SWIFT Deep Six For Deep Fakes?

Safeguarding Web Integrity and Fight Trickery with the SWIFT Act: The problem is malicious deep fakes spread misinformation, erode public trust, violate privacy, and risk national security. (3 Minute Read)

This Week’s Puzzle

Should Malicious Deep Fakes Be Illegal?

You can role-play this week’s puzzle at PolicyKeys.com. It’s a great group process, and it shows we can agree on a lot more than the powers that be would have us believe.

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Key Reasons
In Favor

  • A rare chance for national unity
  • Deep Fakes may cause civil unrest
  • Democratic Republics require trust
  • I don’t want deep fakes of me
  • Helps prevent cyberbullying
  • Ephesians 4:25, John 8:44, James 21:8
  • Cyber-security is a growth industry
  • An easy first step towards international cooperation
  • Will limit commercial product sabotage
  • Helps protect election integrity
  • Deep fakes can undermine public health
  • The courts need to be the arbiters
  • May limit climate misinformation
  • Enhances media literacy
  • More to lose than gain from malicious deep fakes
  • AI technologies can help identify Deep Fakes

Key Reasons

  • Freedom of speech above all else
  • Impinges on artistic impression
  • May harm a young prankster’s life
  • It’s the censor/camel’s nose in the tent
  • Unnecessary, expensive unproductive legal proceedings
  • Enforcement will be too costly
  • Political deep fakes breed profits
  • Makes mountains out of molehills
  • Deep fakes are needed for foreign defense
  • Almost impossible to identify the source
  • Regulation can’t keep up with self-regulation
  • It’ll just be a game of whack-a-mole
  • Rushing unneeded legislation
  • International enforcement is unlikely
  • Would stifle technological innovation
  • AI technology needs to slow down


This week’s flight of articles will focus on malicious deep fakes. Here is the case in favor of making them illegal and the case against them.


Making deep fakes illegal protects our society’s trust, national security, privacy, and safeguards information.

Laws against deep fakes guard media truth, stop unrest, and keep democracy safe from malicious fallacies.

This action strengthens online discourse, protects against personal attacks, and diverts AI towards public benefit.

Banning malicious deep fakes builds a digital world suitable for raising children.


Opposing a ban on deep fakes highlights the importance of free speech and how innovation could suffer.

This view points out that laws might not keep up with fast tech advances, limiting AI’s positive roles in art and communication.

It warns of high costs to enforce such laws, uneven rules across countries, and too much censorship harming artistic expression.

Instead of laws, teaching and self-control are better ways to manage deep fakes, so our children know better how to navigate a dangerous world.


Tomorrow, is Tiebreaker Tuesday when we keep an eye on POLI THE AI’s general calls and overrule for specific reasons.


New York Deep Fake Pornography Bill
NBC4 New York

Campaigns Could Take Deep Fakes To Another New Level
Boston Globe

H.R.5586 – Deep Fakes Accountability Act

Deepfake Laws Risk Creating More Problems Than They Solve

Deep Fakes and International Policy

Deepfakes, Elections, and Shrinking the Liar’s Dividend
Brennan Center For Justice

Defending Against Deep Fakes Through Technological Detection, Media Literacy, and Laws and Regulations
International Affairs Review


Where can we Agree?
Finding out takes guts from all four sides of the political table.