Political Consultant Faces $6 Million Fine for AI-Generated Biden Robocalls

A political consultant Steven Kramer faces a historic $6 million fine for orchestrating AI-generated robocalls using President Biden's voice to mislead voters in New Hampshire

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Political Consultant Faces $6 Million Fine for AI-Generated Biden Robocalls
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A six-million-dollar fine awaits a political consultant who organized so-called robocalls to citizens in the U.S. state of New Hampshire, using the voice of U.S. President Joseph Biden, reports Assossiated Press. The voice—created by artificial intelligence (AI)—was used to deter voters from voting for Biden, the U.S.

Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced today. The calls were made during the primaries for candidates for the November presidential elections, and Steven Kramer is accused of organizing this activity, along with about twenty other punishable offenses.

Kramer faces 13 criminal charges for attempting to dissuade people from voting using false information. He also faces 13 misdemeanor charges for falsely presenting himself as a candidate through his or others' actions. Shortly after the primaries in New Hampshire, the FCC banned robocalls that contain voices generated by artificial intelligence, The Federal Communications Commission stated that the proposed fine for Kramer is the first related to the use of generative AI technology.

Lingo Telecom, the company accused of making the robocalls, faces a potential fine of two million dollars, but in both cases, settlements or further negotiations are possible, the statement added. Kramer admitted that he orchestrated the sending of calls to thousands of New Hampshire citizens ahead of the Republican and Democratic primaries on January 23, during which party candidates for the U.S.

presidential election were chosen. The message, generated by AI to sound like Biden's voice, included the phrase "What a bunch of nonsense," telling voters that if they participated in the primaries, they would lose the right to vote in the subsequent presidential election in November this year, thats one of manny false informations he gave.

The recording Kramer used was created for $150 by a magician from New Orleans. Kramer previously told the AP that he did not intend to influence the election outcome, but rather to highlight the potential misuse of artificial intelligence to voters.

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