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The AI Telegram bot that abused women is still out of control (WIRED)

The AI Telegram bot that abused women is still out of control
A bot automated deepfake abuse online. Researchers say their warnings have been ignored and Telegram has failed to remove it


Messaging app Telegram is under pressure to crack down on an AI bot that generated tens of thousands of non-consensual images of women on its platform.

Law enforcement bodies are looking into the activity of a deepfake bot, which is believed to have been used to produce explicit images of underage girls. Data protection regulators in Italy have also opened an investigation into its use, and access to the bot has been restricted on Apple’s iOS.


“Telegram should look inward and hold itself accountable,” says Honza Červenka, a solicitor at law firm McAllister Olivarius, which specialises in non-consensual images and technology. Červenka says that new laws are needed to force tech companies to better protect their users and clampdown on the use of abusive automation technology. “If it continues offering Telegram Bot API to developers, it should institute an official bot store and certify bots the same way that Apple, Google and Microsoft do for their app stores.” However, Červenka adds there is little government or legal pressure being put in place to make Telegram take this kind of step.

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